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The Hidden Forest: The Biography of an Ecosystem

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The tallest species of spruce, hemlock, fir, cedar, and pine trees on earth coexist in the old growth of the H. J. Andrews Experimental Forest in Oregon's Cascade Range. Set aside as a living laboratory by the U.S. Forest Service in 1948, the 16,000 acres represent a vital scientific endeavor: the long-term study of a single contained ecosystem. Here, for the first time, researchers from an enormous range of disciplines — forest scientists, botanists, entomologists, wildlife ecologists, soil biologists, and others — have assembled to examine the role of every working element in the life of a forest.

In The Hidden Forest, veteran science writer Jon Luoma offers an absorbing account of how these scientists came to recognize the importance of natural forest ecosystems and how their research is revolutionizing forest management.

Luoma takes readers into the hidden forest where researchers have discovered a host of species previously unknown to science, and interactions in the forest ecosystem that no one previously imagined. He describes projects dealing with the forest canopy, rotting logs, insects, fungi, wildlife, streams, and the effects of flood, fire, clear cutting, and volcanic eruption. And he tells the human story behind the research, capturing the shared excitement and wonder of scientific discovery. Along the way, Luoma provides a short course in such complex issues as forest succession, biodiversity, and the politics of forestry.

In a new foreword, Jerry Franklin discusses the importance of dedicated, long-term research sites and comments on new discoveries that have emerged from forest ecosystem research since The Hidden Forest was first published.

Review:

"Like John McPhee, Luoma writes a clear reportorial prose, affable and supple enough to accommodate his range of facts, quotes, and ideas. And, like McPhee, he explains natural science's recent discoveries by telling the stories of the discoverers. The result is an engaging yet serious outline of what we know about forests. And what experts are still finding out." Publishers Weekly

Review:

"Luoma stresses the interconnectedness of the forest ecosystem....This book should give many readers a more complete understanding of ecology." Library Journal

Review:

"An inspiring, informative account of the complexity of an undisturbed forest." Audubon magazine

Review:

"A detailed but accessible introduction to forest ecology, with an Oregon treescape as case study." Kirkus Reviews

Synopsis:

Veteran science writer Jon Luoma uncovers the inner workings of an ancient forest, from the microscopic bugs in the soil to the giant trees.

About the Author

Jon R. Luoma is a contributing editor to Audubon magazine, a contributor to the Science Times section of the New York Times, and the author of two previous books, A Crowded Ark and Troubled Skies, Troubled Waters. He lives in southern New Jersey.

Jerry Franklin is a professor in the College of Forest Resources at the University of Washington and director of the Wind River Canopy Crane Research Facility.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780870710940
Author:
Luoma, John R
Publisher:
Oregon State University Press
Author:
Luoma, Jon R.
Subject:
Forest ecology
Subject:
Oregon
Subject:
Life Sciences - Ecology - Ecosystems
Subject:
Life Sciences - Ecology - Forest Ecology
Subject:
Trees & Forests - General
Subject:
Forest ecology -- Oregon.
Subject:
H.J. Andrews Experimental Forest (Or.)
Subject:
Plants - Trees
Subject:
Environmental Studies-General
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Paperback
Publication Date:
20060431
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Dimensions:
8.9 x 5.9 x 0.6 in

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History and Social Science » Pacific Northwest » Forests
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Product details pages Oregon State University Press - English 9780870710940 Reviews:
"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "Like John McPhee, Luoma writes a clear reportorial prose, affable and supple enough to accommodate his range of facts, quotes, and ideas. And, like McPhee, he explains natural science's recent discoveries by telling the stories of the discoverers. The result is an engaging yet serious outline of what we know about forests. And what experts are still finding out." Publishers Weekly
"Review" by , "Luoma stresses the interconnectedness of the forest ecosystem....This book should give many readers a more complete understanding of ecology."
"Review" by , "An inspiring, informative account of the complexity of an undisturbed forest."
"Review" by , "A detailed but accessible introduction to forest ecology, with an Oregon treescape as case study."
"Synopsis" by , Veteran science writer Jon Luoma uncovers the inner workings of an ancient forest, from the microscopic bugs in the soil to the giant trees.

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