by Henry David Thoreau
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An unabridged, illustrated edition of 'Walking' with an introduction by Ralph Waldo Emerson and the essay 'Night and Moonlight,' at book's end
Wild Flowers Worth Knowing
by Neltje Blanchan
Paperback from IndyPublish
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The Big Burn: Teddy Roosevelt and the Fire that Saved America
by Timothy Egan
Paperback from Mariner Books
On the afternoon of August 20, 1910, a battering ram of wind moved through the drought-stricken national forests of Washington, Idaho, and Montana, whipping the hundreds of small blazes burning across the forest floor into a roaring inferno. Forest rangers had assembled nearly ten thousand men--college boys, day workers, immigrants from mining camps--to fight the fire. But no living person had seen anything like those flames, and neither the rangers nor anyone else knew how to subdue them.Egan narrates the struggles of the overmatched rangers against the implacable fire with unstoppable dramatic force. Equally dramatic is the larger story he tells of outsized president Teddy Roosevelt and his chief forester, Gifford Pinchot. Pioneering the notion of conservation, Roosevelt and Pinchot did nothing less than create the idea of public land as our national treasure, owned by and preserved for every citizen.
by Henry David Thoreau
Paperback from Watchmaker Publishing
An unabridged, illustrated edition with a foreword by Ralph Waldo Emerson, to include: Biographical Sketch - Natural History of Massachusetts - A Walk to Wachusett - The Landlord - A Winter Walk - The Succession of Forest Trees - Walking - Autumnal Tints - Wild Apples - Night and Moonlight
Young Men and Fire
by Norman Maclean
Paperback from University Of Chicago Press
On August 5, 1949, a crew of fifteen of the United States Forest Service's elite airborne firefighters, the Smokejumpers, stepped into the sky above a remote forest fire in the Montana wilderness. Two hours after their jump, all but three of these men were dead or mortally burned. Haunted by these deaths for forty years, Norman Maclean puts back together the scattered pieces of the Mann Gulch tragedy.
Young Men and Fire won the National Book Critics Circle Award in 1992.
"A magnificent drama of writing, a tragedy that pays tribute to the dead and offers rescue to the living.... Maclean's search for the truth, which becomes an exploration of his own mortality, is more compelling even than his journey into the heart of the fire. His description of the conflagration terrifies, but it is his battle with words, his effort to turn the story of the 13 men into tragedy that makes this book a classic."--from New York Times Book Review Editor's Choice, Best Books of 1992
"A treasure: part detective story, part western, part tragedy, part elegy and wholly eloquent ghost story in which the dead and the living join ranks cheerfully, if sometimes eerily, in a search for truth and the rest it brings."--Joseph Coates, Chicago Tribune
"An astonishing book. In compelling language, both homely and elegant, Young Men and Fire miraculously combines a fascinating primer on fires and firefighting, a powerful, breathtakingly real reconstruction of a tragedy, and a meditation on writing, grief and human character.... Maclean's last book will stir your heart and haunt your memory."--Timothy Foote, USA Today
"Beautiful.... A dark American idyll of which the language can be proud."--Robert M. Adams, The New York Review of Books
"Young Men and Fire is redolent of Melville. Just as the reader of Moby Dick comes to comprehend the monstrous entirety of the great white whale, so the reader of Young Men and Fire goes into the heart of the great red fire and comes out thoroughly informed. Don't hesitate to take the plunge."--Dennis Drabelle, Washington Post Book World
"Young Men and Fire is a somber and poetic retelling of a tragic event. It is the pinnacle of smokejumping literature and a classic work of 20th-century nonfiction."--John Holkeboer, The Wall Street Journal
"Maclean is always with the brave young dead. . . . They could not have found a storyteller with a better claim to represent their honor. . . . A great book."--James R. Kincaid, New York Times Book ReviewOn August 5, 1949, lightning came crashing down in the vast spruce forest above Seeley Lake, Montana, and touched off a roaring blaze. As every Westerner knows, lightning means fire, but the fire that raged through Mann Gulch that day was huge--the sort that occurs only every few decades. A battery of paratrooper-firefighters, many of them fresh veterans of World War II, had been anticipating it, and even looking forward to the chance to fight a great fire. Before the day ended thirteen of those smokejumpers lay dead, their charred remains evidence that something had gone terribly wrong. Norman Maclean gives a thorough account of the incident in language not meant for the squeamish: "Burning to death on a mountainside is dying at least three times ... first, considerably ahead of the fire, you reach the verge of death in your boots and your legs; next, as you fail, you sink back in the region of strange gases and red and blue darts where there is no oxygen and here you die in your lungs; then you sink in prayer into the main fire that consumes." After August 1949, he notes, the Forest Service came to recognize that not all fires need to be fought and that fire benefits most forest ecosystems.
Fire Season: Field Notes from a Wilderness Lookout
by Philip Connors
Hardcover from Ecco
Media Published: 2011-
A decade ago Philip Connors left work as an editor at the Wall Street Journal and talked his way into a job far from the streets of lower Manhattan: working as one of the last fire lookouts in America. Spending nearly half the year in a 7' x 7' tower, 10,000 feet above sea level in remote New Mexico, his tasks were simple: keep watch over one of the most fire-prone forests in the country and sound the alarm at the first sign of smoke.
Fire Season is Connors's remarkable reflection on work, our place in the wild, and the charms of solitude. The landscape over which he keeps watch is rugged and roadless--it was the first region in the world to be officially placed off limits to industrial machines--and it typically gets hit by lightning more than 30,000 times per year. Connors recounts his days and nights in this forbidding land, untethered from the comforts of modern life: the eerie pleasure of being alone in his glass-walled perch with only his dog Alice for company; occasional visits from smokejumpers and long-distance hikers; the strange dance of communion and wariness with bears, elk, and other wild creatures; trips to visit the hidden graves of buffalo soldiers slain during the Apache wars of the nineteenth century; and always the majesty and might of lightning storms and untamed fire.
Written with narrative verve and startling beauty, and filled with reflections on his literary forebears who also served as lookouts--among them Edward Abbey, Jack Kerouac, Norman Maclean, and Gary Snyder--Fire Season is a book to stand the test of time.
The Wild Trees: A Story of Passion and Daring
by Richard Preston
Paperback from Random House Trade Paperbacks
Media Published: 2008-
Hidden away in foggy, uncharted rain forest valleys in Northern California are the largest and tallest organisms the world has ever sustained-the coast redwood trees, Sequoia sempervirens. Ninety-six percent of the ancient redwood forests have been destroyed by logging, but the untouched fragments that remain are among the great wonders of nature. The biggest redwoods have trunks up to thirty feet wide and can rise more than thirty-five stories above the ground, forming cathedral-like structures in the air. Until recently, redwoods were thought to be virtually impossible to ascend, and the canopy at the tops of these majestic trees was undiscovered. In The Wild Trees, Richard Preston unfolds the spellbinding story of Steve Sillett, Marie Antoine, and the tiny group of daring botanists and amateur naturalists that found a lost world above California, a world that is dangerous, hauntingly beautiful, and unexplored.
The canopy voyagers are young-just college students when they start their quest-and they share a passion for these trees, persevering in spite of sometimes crushing personal obstacles and failings. They take big risks, they ignore common wisdom (such as the notion that there's nothing left to discover in North America), and they even make love in hammocks stretched between branches three hundred feet in the air.
The deep redwood canopy is a vertical Eden filled with mosses, lichens, spotted salamanders, hanging gardens of ferns, and thickets of huckleberry bushes, all growing out of massive trunk systems that have fused and formed flying buttresses, sometimes carved into blackened chambers, hollowed out by fire, called "fire caves." Thick layers of soil sitting on limbs harbor animal and plant life that is unknown to science. Humans move through the deep canopy suspended on ropes, far out of sight of the ground, knowing that the price of a small mistake can be a plunge to one's death.
Preston's account of this amazing world, by turns terrifying, moving, and fascinating, is an adventure story told in novelistic detail by a master of nonfiction narrative. The author shares his protagonists' passion for tall trees, and he mastered the techniques of tall-tree climbing to tell the story in The Wild Trees-the story of the fate of the world's most splendid forests and of the imperiled biosphere itself.
From the Hardcover edition.
The Golden Spruce: A True Story of Myth, Madness, and Greed
by John Vaillant
Paperback from W. W. Norton & Company
A tale of obsession so fierce that a man kills the thing he loves most: the only giant golden spruce on earth.
As vividly as Jon Krakauer put readers on Everest, John Vaillant takes us into the heart of North America's last great forest, where trees grow to eighteen feet in diameter, sunlight never touches the ground, and the chainsaws are always at work.
When a shattered kayak and camping gear are found on an uninhabited island, they reignite a mystery surrounding a shocking act of protest. Five months earlier, logger-turned-activist Grant Hadwin had plunged naked into a river in British Columbia's Queen Charlotte Islands, towing a chainsaw. When his night's work was done, a unique Sitka spruce, 165 feet tall and covered with luminous golden needles, teetered on its stump. Two days later it fell.
The tree, a fascinating puzzle to scientists, was sacred to the Haida, a fierce seafaring tribe based in the Queen Charlottes. Vaillant recounts the bloody history of the Haida and the early fur trade, and provides harrowing details of the logging industry, whose omnivorous violence would claim both Hadwin and the golden spruce.
Wetland, Woodland, Wildland: A Guide to the Natural Communities of Vermont (Middlebury Bicentennial Series in Environmental Studies)
by Ellsworth Jaeger
Paperback from Shelter Publications
by Elizabeth H. Thompson, et al
Paperback: 420 pages
University Press of New England; ISBN: 158465077X; (October )
Reading the Forested Landscape: A Natural History of New England
by Tom Wessels, et al
Paperback: 200 pages
Countryman Pr; ISBN: 0881504203; Reprint edition (June )
Fire on the Mountain: The True Story of the South Canyon Fire
by John N. Maclean
(Hardcover -- October )
New England Forests Through Time : Insights from the Harvard Forest Dioramas
by David R. Foster, et al
Paperback: 70 pages
Harvard Univ Pr; ISBN: 0674003446;
A Field Guide to Eastern Forests North America (Peterson Field Guide Series)
by John C. Kricher, et al
Paperback: 544 pages
Houghton Mifflin Co (Pap); ISBN: 0395928958; (October 15, )
Forest Giants of the Pacific Coast
by Robert Van Pelt
(Paperback -- January )
A Field Guide to California and Pacific Northwest Forests (Peterson Field Guide Series)
by John C. Kricher, Gordon Morrison (Illustrator)
(Paperback -- November 15, )
Fire: A Brief History (Cycle of Fire Weyerhaeuser Environmental Books)
by Stephen J. Pyne
(Paperback -- October )
Brazil - Amazon and Pantanal (A Volume in the Ecotravellers' Wildlife Guides Series)
by David L. Pearson, et al
(Paperback -- November )
The Trees in My Forest
by Bernd Heinrich
Paperback: 237 pages
Harper Perennial; ISBN: 0060929421; )
Analysis and Management of Animal Populations
by Byron K. Williams, et al
(Hardcover -- April )
Peterson First Guide to Forests (Peterson First Guides)
by Gordon Morrison (Illustrator), John C. Kricher (Mass Market Paperback -- March )
Fire in Sierra Nevada Forests: A Photographic Interpretation of Ecological Change Since 1849
by George E. Gruell
(Paperback -- October )
The Amazon River Forest: A Natural History of Plants, Animals, and People
by Nigel J. H. Smith
(Paperback -- January )
Harlow and Harrar's Textbook of Dendrology
by James W. Hardin, et al
(Paperback -- June 8, )
Conserving Forest Biodiversity: A Comprehensive Multiscaled Approach
by David B. Lindenmayer, Jerry F. Franklin
(Paperback -- July )
Physiochemical and Environmental Plant Physiology
by Park S. Nobel
(Paperback -- April 15, )
Urban Forestry: Planning and Managing Urban Greenspaces
by Robert W. Miller
(Hardcover -- June 28, )
Trees and Shrubs for Northern Gardens: New and Revised Edition
by Leon C. Snyder, et al
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