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In this classic work of ecology, Chris Maser traces the growth of an ancient forest in Oregon's Cascade Mountains from its fiery birth in the year 987 to the present. A unique "biography" of an ecosystem, Forest Primeval portrays a diverse fabric of plants, animals, and microorganisms working in unison.<P>Maser offers precise yet evocative accounts of the lives and events within the burgeoning forest: the habits of deer mice who help reseed the burned earth, the seemingly accidental but vitally necessary symbiotic associations between fungus and tree root tips that stimulate growth, the constant predation among wildlife. He reveals how over the course of a millennium, "microbes and fungi change a forest just as surely as a raging fire, only inconspicuously and more slowly".<P>As the life cycles of the forest progress, Maser's minute scientific observations unfold against the backdrop of history, a chronology of "human struggle and suffering that is paralleled in the life of . . . a single 1000-year-old Douglas fir". In taking this millennial view, Maser shows how the forest represents our spiritual and historical roots as human beings. Arguing that our survival is as intertwined with the forests as are the myriad interlocking life cycles that created them, Maser makes a plea for the immediate global implementation of restoration forestry.

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ISBN:
9780870715297
Preface:
Maser, Chris
Epilogue:
Maser, Chris
Author:
Maser, Chris
Publisher:
Oregon State University Press
Location:
Corvallis
Subject:
History
Subject:
Environmental Conservation & Protection
Subject:
Forest ecology
Subject:
Forests & Forestry
Subject:
Ecology - Forest Ecology
Subject:
Forest conservation
Subject:
Trees & Forests
Subject:
Life Sciences - Ecology - Forest Ecology
Subject:
Environmental Conservation & Protection - General
Subject:
Trees & Forests - General
Subject:
Plants - Trees
Subject:
Nature Studies-Trees
Edition Number:
1st OSU Press ed.
Edition Description:
Osu Press
Series Volume:
3136
Publication Date:
20010231
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Yes
Pages:
304
Dimensions:
8.9 x 6 x 0.6 in

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