Synopses & Reviews
From the leaves at the top of the canopy to the insects living deep beneath the soil, a forest is a complex, unified ecosystem, critically affected by every creature that lives or dies within its boundaries. In this acclaimed book, veteran science writer Jon R. Luoma uncovers this world as he chronicles the work of a unique scientific research project currently underway in a majestic old-growth forest in the Pacific Northwest. Over the course of several decades the project will bring together scientists from almost every discipline -- botanists, entomologists, wildlife ecologists, soil biologists, and a score of others -- to piece together the long-term natural history of this single forest ecosystem. Described in fascinating detail in The Hidden Forest, this unusual undertaking points the way to a new model of conservation.
"An inspiring, informative account of both the complexity of an undisturbed forest and the intelligence of the people who are drawn to study nature rather than exploit it." (Audubon magazine)
"Trees are rooted in place. But that does not mean a forest is any less dynamic than any other organism on the planet. In this book Jon Luoma writes an exciting adventure story, capturing the drama of the world's great woods."(Bill McKibben, author of The End of Nature and Hope, Human and Wild)
"Jon Luoma pulls back the curtain to reveal the inner workings of a forest ... It's a fabulous story, told with clarity, wit, and enthusiasm by a masterful science writer." (David. S. Wilcove, senior ecologist, Environmental Defense Fund)