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Looking for Longleaf: The Fall and Rise of an American Forest

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Covering 92 million acres from Virginia to Texas, the longleaf pine ecosystem was, in its prime, one of the most extensive and biologically diverse ecosystems in North America. Today these magnificent forests have declined to a fraction of their original extent, threatening such species as the gopher tortoise, the red-cockaded woodpecker, and the Venus fly-trap. Conservationists have proclaimed longleaf restoration a major goal, but has it come too late?

In Looking for Longleaf, Lawrence S. Earley explores the history of these forests and the astonishing biodiversity of the longleaf ecosystem, drawing on extensive research and telling the story through first-person travel accounts and interviews with foresters, ecologists, biologists, botanists, and landowners. For centuries, these vast grass-covered forests provided pasture for large cattle herds, in addition to serving as the world's greatest source of naval stores. They sustained the exploitative turpentine and lumber industries until nearly all of the virgin longleaf had vanished.

Looking for Longleaf demonstrates how, in the twentieth century, forest managers and ecologists struggled to understand the special demands of longleaf and to halt its overall decline. The compelling story Earley tells here offers hope that with continued human commitment, the longleaf pine might not just survive, but once again thrive.

Synopsis:

"Easy to digest for a non-technical reader. . . . Remarkably complete."

Natural Areas Journal "A welcomed addition on an important topic. . . . Should be required reading for anyone interested in the history of conservation in the South."

Georgia Historical Quarterly "A history of the southeast, an informative natural history, and a paean to a beautiful tree."

Southeastern Naturalist "Lawrence Earley's Looking for Longleaf is such an engaging book that I read it straight through from prologue to epilogue."

Dave Egan, Ecological Restoration "Richly detailed, impeccably researched and at times controversial: this merits a place alongside Bartram in the library devoted to the South."

Kirkus Reviews, starred review "A fine, informative read for anyone interested in acquiring a general understanding of this interesting forest ecosystem."

Choice "The decline of the longleaf pine is a complex story, well and thoroughly told by Earley."

Wilson Quarterly "This is the definitive book on longleaf pine. For people curious about biology and history, it is fascinating."

WoodenBoat

Synopsis:

Longleaf pine once flourished across the South in park-like forests of astonishing beauty and diversity--the most extensive forest ecosystem in North America. Much of the region's history is connected to these trees, which were exploited for agriculture, pasturage, timber, and naval stores. Today longleaf pine forests are recognized as one of the world's most endangered ecosystems. This book blends human and natural history to reveal the compelling story of these magnificent trees and also addresses current conservation and restoration efforts.

About the Author

Lawrence S. Earley, former editor of Wildlife in North Carolina magazine, is a writer and photographer living in Raleigh, North Carolina.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments

Prologue: Land of the Longleaf Pine

Part I. Ecology

Chapter 1. What Bartram Saw

Chapter 2. Fire in the Cathedral

Chapter 3. A Wondrous Diversity

Chapter 4. Webs of Life

Part II. Exploitation

Chapter 5. Piney Woods People

Chapter 6. Tar Kilns and Tar Heels

Chapter 7. Getting Turpentine

Chapter 8. A Reckless Destruction

Chapter 9. Assault on the Southern Pines

Part III. Forest Management

Chapter 10. Forestry Practice and Malpractice

Chapter 11. Health, Quail, and Fire

Chapter 12. Fools for Longleaf

Part IV. Ecosystem Restoration

Chapter 13. Woodpeckers and Forests

Chapter 14. Restoring an Ecosystem

Epilogue: A Presence on the Land?

Notes

Bibliography

Index

Product Details

ISBN:
9780807856994
Author:
Earley, Lawrence S.
Publisher:
University of North Carolina Press
Subject:
Ecology
Subject:
Environmental Conservation & Protection - General
Subject:
Trees & Forests - General
Subject:
Trees
Subject:
Plants - Trees
Subject:
Southeast; longleaf pine; forest ecosystem; environmental history; longleaf pine ecosystem; naval stores; lumber industries; biodiversity; restoration; Piney Woods; forest management; lumbering; timber; slavery; cultural history; Native Americans; ecology
Subject:
Southeast; longleaf pine; forest ecosystem; environmental history; longleaf pine ecosystem; naval stores; lumber industries; biodiversity; restoration; Piney Woods; forest management; lumbering; timber; slavery; cultural history; Native Americans; ecology
Subject:
Southeast; longleaf pine; forest ecosystem; environmental history; longleaf pine ecosystem; naval stores; lumber industries; biodiversity; restoration; Piney Woods; forest management; lumbering; timber; slavery; cultural history; Native Americans; ecology
Subject:
Southeast; longleaf pine; forest ecosystem; environmental history; longleaf pine ecosystem; naval stores; lumber industries; biodiversity; restoration; Piney Woods; forest management; lumbering; timber; slavery; cultural history; Native Americans; ecology
Subject:
Southeast; longleaf pine; forest ecosystem; environmental history; longleaf pine ecosystem; naval stores; lumber industries; biodiversity; restoration; Piney Woods; forest management; lumbering; timber; slavery; cultural history; Native Americans; ecology
Subject:
Southeast; longleaf pine; forest ecosystem; environmental history; longleaf pine ecosystem; naval stores; lumber industries; biodiversity; restoration; Piney Woods; forest management; lumbering; timber; slavery; cultural history; Native Americans; ecology
Subject:
Southeast; longleaf pine; forest ecosystem; environmental history; longleaf pine ecosystem; naval stores; lumber industries; biodiversity; restoration; Piney Woods; forest management; lumbering; timber; slavery; cultural history; Native Americans; ecology
Subject:
Southeast; longleaf pine; forest ecosystem; environmental history; longleaf pine ecosystem; naval stores; lumber industries; biodiversity; restoration; Piney Woods; forest management; lumbering; timber; slavery; cultural history; Native Americans; ecology
Subject:
Southeast; longleaf pine; forest ecosystem; environmental history; longleaf pine ecosystem; naval stores; lumber industries; biodiversity; restoration; Piney Woods; forest management; lumbering; timber; slavery; cultural history; Native Americans; ecology
Subject:
Southeast; longleaf pine; forest ecosystem; environmental history; longleaf pine ecosystem; naval stores; lumber industries; biodiversity; restoration; Piney Woods; forest management; lumbering; timber; slavery; cultural history; Native Americans; ecology
Subject:
southeast
Subject:
Longleaf pine.
Subject:
forest ecosystem
Subject:
Environmental History
Subject:
longleaf pine ecosystem
Subject:
Naval stores.
Subject:
lumber industries
Subject:
Biodiversity
Subject:
Restoration
Subject:
Piney Woods
Subject:
Forest management
Subject:
Lumbering
Subject:
Timber
Subject:
Slavery
Subject:
Cultural History
Subject:
Native Americans
Subject:
Forestry.
Subject:
forest history
Subject:
North American forests
Subject:
Fire
Subject:
Southern pines.
Subject:
southeastern coastal plain
Subject:
ecosystem restoration
Subject:
Nature Studies-Trees
Subject:
environmental hist
Subject:
ory
Copyright:
Publication Date:
February 2006
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Y
Pages:
336
Dimensions:
9.5 x 6.25 in 21.6 oz

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Product details 336 pages University of North Carolina Press - English 9780807856994 Reviews:
"Synopsis" by , "Easy to digest for a non-technical reader. . . . Remarkably complete."

Natural Areas Journal "A welcomed addition on an important topic. . . . Should be required reading for anyone interested in the history of conservation in the South."

Georgia Historical Quarterly "A history of the southeast, an informative natural history, and a paean to a beautiful tree."

Southeastern Naturalist "Lawrence Earley's Looking for Longleaf is such an engaging book that I read it straight through from prologue to epilogue."

Dave Egan, Ecological Restoration "Richly detailed, impeccably researched and at times controversial: this merits a place alongside Bartram in the library devoted to the South."

Kirkus Reviews, starred review "A fine, informative read for anyone interested in acquiring a general understanding of this interesting forest ecosystem."

Choice "The decline of the longleaf pine is a complex story, well and thoroughly told by Earley."

Wilson Quarterly "This is the definitive book on longleaf pine. For people curious about biology and history, it is fascinating."

WoodenBoat

"Synopsis" by , Longleaf pine once flourished across the South in park-like forests of astonishing beauty and diversity--the most extensive forest ecosystem in North America. Much of the region's history is connected to these trees, which were exploited for agriculture, pasturage, timber, and naval stores. Today longleaf pine forests are recognized as one of the world's most endangered ecosystems. This book blends human and natural history to reveal the compelling story of these magnificent trees and also addresses current conservation and restoration efforts.
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