Nature's Temples

Nature's Temples

The Complex World of Old-growth Forests

Book - 2016
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"Maloof eloquently urges us to cherish the wildness of what little old-growth woodlands we have left. . . . Not only are they home to the richest diversity of creatures, but they work hard for humans too." -- New York Times Book Review

An old-growth forest is one that has formed naturally over a long period of time with little or no disturbance from humankind. They are increasingly rare and largely misunderstood. In Nature's Temples , Joan Maloof, the director of the Old-Growth Forest Network, makes a heartfelt and passionate case for their importance. This evocative and accessible narrative defines old-growth and provides a brief history of forests. It offers a rare view into how the life-forms in an ancient, undisturbed forest--including not only its majestic trees but also its insects, plant life, fungi, and mammals--differ from the life-forms in a forest manipulated by humans. What emerges is a portrait of a beautiful, intricate, and fragile ecosystem that now exists only in scattered fragments. Black-and-white illustrations by Andrew Joslin help clarify scientific concepts and capture the beauty of ancient trees.
Publisher: Portland, Oregon : Timber Press, 2016.
Copyright Date: ©2016
ISBN: 9781604697285
1604697288
Branch Call Number: 333.75 MALOOF J
Characteristics: 200 pages : illustrations, map ; 22 cm
Additional Contributors: Joslin, Andrew - Illustrator

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