Longleaf, Far as the Eye Can See

Longleaf, Far as the Eye Can See (Hardcover)
When longleaf forests covered 92 million acres from Texas to Maryland to Florida they provided extremely important habitat for bobwhite quail … and the National Bobwhite Conservation Initiative is actively involved in promoting restoration of the longleaf ecosystem. These grand old-growth pines were the "alpha tree" of the largest forest ecosystem in North America and came to define the southern forest. But logging, suppression of fire and a complex web of other factors reduced those forests so that longleaf is now found only on 3 million acres. Fortunately, the stately tree is enjoying a resurgence of interest, and longleaf forests are once again spreading across the South.

A compelling narrative by writers Bill Finch, Rhett Johnson, and John C. Hall with Beth Maynor Young's breathtaking photography, this book invites readers to experience the astounding beauty and significance of the majestic longleaf ecosystem. The authors explore the interactions of longleaf with other species, the development of longleaf forests prior to human contact, and the influence of the longleaf on southern culture, as well as ongoing efforts to restore these forests. Part natural history, part conservation advocacy, and part cultural exploration, this book highlights the special nature of longleaf forests and proposes ways to conserve and expand them. #NBCI-003

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