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Trees, Truffles, and Beasts: How Forests Function

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Think of the Highlands as the andldquo;backyardandrdquo; and andldquo;backstopandrdquo; of the Philadelphiaandndash;New Yorkandndash;Hartford metroplex. A backyard that spans over three million acres across Pennsylvania, New York, and Connecticut, the Highlands serves as recreational open space for the metroplexandrsquo;s burgeoning human population. As backstop, Highlandsandrsquo; watersheds provide a ready source of high-quality drinking water for over fifteen million people.

The Highlands is the first book to examine the natural and cultural landscape of this four-state region, showing how itandrsquo;s distinctive and why its conservation is vital. Each chapter is written by a different leading researcher and specialist in that field, and introduces readers to another aspect of the Highlands: its geological foundations, its aquifers and watersheds, its forest ecology, its past iron industry.

In the 1800s, the Highlands were mined, cutover, and then largely abandoned. Given time, the forests regenerated, the land healed, and the waters cleared. Increasingly, however, the Highlands are under assault againandmdash;polluted runoff contaminating lakes and streams, invasive species choking out the local flora and fauna, exurban sprawl blighting the rural landscape, and climate change threatening the integrity of its ecosystems.

The Highlands makes a compelling case for land use planning and resource management strategies that could help ensure a sustainable future for the region, strategies that could in turn be applied to other landscapes threatened by urbanization across the country. The Highlands are a valuable resource. And now, so is The Highlands.

Synopsis:

In today's world of specialization, people are attempting to protect the Earth's fragile state by swapping limousines for hybrids and pesticide-laced foods for organic produce. At other times, environmental awareness is translated into public relations gimmicks or trendy commodities. Moreover, simplistic policies, like single-species protection or planting ten trees for every tree cut down, are touted as bureaucratic or industrial panaceas.

Because today's decisions are tomorrow's consequences, every small effort makes a difference, but a broader understanding of our environmental problems is necessary to the development of sustainable ecosystem policies. In Trees, Truffles, and Beasts, Chris Maser, Andrew W. Claridge, and James M. Trappe make a compelling case that we must first understand the complexity and interdependency of species and habitats from the microscopic level to the gigantic. Comparing forests in the Pacific Northwestern United States and Southeastern mainland of Australia, the authors show how easily observable speciesandugrave;trees and mammalsandugrave;are part of a complicated infrastructure that includes fungi, lichens, and organisms invisible to the naked eye, such as microbes.

Eminently readable, this important book shows that forests are far more complicated than most of us might think, which means simplistic policies will not save them. Understanding the biophysical intricacies of our life-support systems just might.

Synopsis:

and#160;The Highlands is the first book to examine the natural and cultural landscape of this four-state (New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, and Connecticut) region, showing how itandrsquo;s distinctive and why its conservation is vital. Each chapter is written by a different leading researcher and specialist in that field, and introduces readers to an aspect of the Highlands: its geological foundations, its aquifers and watersheds, its forest ecology, and its past iron industry. The Highlands makes a compelling case for land use planning and resource management strategies that could help ensure a sustainable future for the region, strategies that could in turn be applied to other landscapes threatened by urbanization across the country.

About the Author

Chris Maser is a writer, environmental consultant, and master's level zoologist who has written over twenty books, including Mammals of the Pacific Northwest and Forest Primeval: The Natural History of an Ancient Forest.Andrew W. Claridge is a research scientist with the Department of Environment and Conservation in New South Wales, Australia. He has authored or co-authored over fifty publications about the interactions among trees, truffles, and animals and undertaken research at postgraduate and postdoctoral levels in both Australia and the United States of America. James M. Trappe is a professor of forest science specializing in forest fungi at Oregon State University, Corvallis, and the author of almost four hundred journal articles and book chapters.

Table of Contents

List of Illustrations and Tables

Preface

Introduction

and#160;and#160; Richard G. Lathrop Jr.

Part I Geological Setting

1 Bedrock Geology of the Highlands

and#160;and#160;and#160; Alexander E. Gates and David W. Valentino

2 Glaciation and Landscape History

and#160;and#160; Scott D. Stanford

3 Major Soils of the Highlands

and#160;and#160; John C. F. Tedrow and Richard K. Shaw

Part II Water and Watersheds

4 Groundwater and Surface Water Hydrology

and#160;and#160; Otto S. Zapecza, Donald E. Rice, and Vincent T. dePaul

5 Water Supply Resources

and#160;and#160; Daniel J. Van Abs

Part III Biodiversity

6 Forest History of the Highlands

and#160;and#160; Emily W. B. (Russell) Southgate

7 Forest Ecology

and#160;and#160; William S. F. Schuster

8 Wetlands of the Highlands Region

and#160;and#160; Joan G. Ehrenfeld

9 An Overview of the Vascular Plants of the Highlands and the Threats to Plant Biodiversity

and#160;and#160; Gerry Moore and Steven Glenn

10 Wildlife of the Highlands

and#160;and#160; Elizabeth A. Johnson

Part IV People and the Land

11 Ironworking in the Highlands

and#160;and#160; Theodore W. Kury and Peter O. Wacker

12 Agriculture and Urban Development Patterns in the Highlands

and#160;and#160; Richard G. Lathrop Jr.

13 Open Space and Recreation in the Highlands

and#160;and#160; Daniel Chazin

14 Land-Use Planning and Policy in the Highlands

and#160;and#160; Robert Pirani, Thomas A. Gilbert, and Corey Piasecki

15 Future Vision of the Highlands

and#160;and#160; Richard G. Lathrop Jr., Mary L. Tyrrell, and Myrna Hall

Glossary

Notes on Contributors

Index

Product Details

ISBN:
9780813542263
Author:
Maser, Chris
Publisher:
Rutgers University Press
Author:
Claridge, Andrew W.
Author:
Lathrop, Richard G.
Author:
Trappe, James
Author:
Trappe, James M.
Author:
Claridge, Andrew
Author:
Krebs, Charles
Subject:
Ecology
Subject:
Life Sciences - Biology - General
Subject:
Forest ecology
Subject:
United states
Subject:
Forest ecology -- United States.
Subject:
Environmental Studies-Environment
Edition Description:
Trade Paper
Publication Date:
20071231
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Illustrations:
109
Pages:
304
Dimensions:
9.25 x 6 in

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"Synopsis" by ,
In today's world of specialization, people are attempting to protect the Earth's fragile state by swapping limousines for hybrids and pesticide-laced foods for organic produce. At other times, environmental awareness is translated into public relations gimmicks or trendy commodities. Moreover, simplistic policies, like single-species protection or planting ten trees for every tree cut down, are touted as bureaucratic or industrial panaceas.

Because today's decisions are tomorrow's consequences, every small effort makes a difference, but a broader understanding of our environmental problems is necessary to the development of sustainable ecosystem policies. In Trees, Truffles, and Beasts, Chris Maser, Andrew W. Claridge, and James M. Trappe make a compelling case that we must first understand the complexity and interdependency of species and habitats from the microscopic level to the gigantic. Comparing forests in the Pacific Northwestern United States and Southeastern mainland of Australia, the authors show how easily observable speciesandugrave;trees and mammalsandugrave;are part of a complicated infrastructure that includes fungi, lichens, and organisms invisible to the naked eye, such as microbes.

Eminently readable, this important book shows that forests are far more complicated than most of us might think, which means simplistic policies will not save them. Understanding the biophysical intricacies of our life-support systems just might.

"Synopsis" by ,

and#160;The Highlands is the first book to examine the natural and cultural landscape of this four-state (New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, and Connecticut) region, showing how itandrsquo;s distinctive and why its conservation is vital. Each chapter is written by a different leading researcher and specialist in that field, and introduces readers to an aspect of the Highlands: its geological foundations, its aquifers and watersheds, its forest ecology, and its past iron industry. The Highlands makes a compelling case for land use planning and resource management strategies that could help ensure a sustainable future for the region, strategies that could in turn be applied to other landscapes threatened by urbanization across the country.

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