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Field Guide to Old-Growth Forests: Explore the Ancient Forests of California, Oregon, Washington, and British Columbia Paperback – March, 2000


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 96 pages
  • Publisher: Sasquatch Books (March 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 157061234X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1570612343
  • Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 5.5 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,287,527 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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One might wonder why a field guide to old-growth forests is even necessary. After all, can't you just drive around the Pacific Northwest and get your fill of the big trees? Well, unfortunately, it's not that easy. With ancient forests in the region reduced to a tiny fraction of their former splendor in the space of a single human lifetime, most folks will need precise directions in order to navigate the burned-over clear-cuts and tree farms that now cover the land. This guide will get you into the storied woods--and much more. Locations and maps of many (but not all) great stands of old growth are provided, such as Northern California's Headwaters Forest, Oregon's Opal Creek Wilderness, Washington's Hoh Rainforest, and others north into British Columbia and Southeast Alaska. Additionally, a brief crash course in forest ecology places the giants in a broader ecosystem context, while descriptive passages cover identification and natural histories for common species.

However, "this field guide is not about the weighty scientific details, or the disputes about or denunciation of past timber practices," as the introduction cautions. "Instead, it's about access and appreciation." True, but once you learn how to find one of these impressive remnant forests, you'll wonder how so many others could be squandered.

About the Author

Larry Eifert is a nature writer, painter, and illustrator, and the author of numerous trail guides and books for the National Park Service, including The Distinctive Qualities of Redwoods. He lives in Port Townsend, Washington.

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Midwest Book Review on June 4, 2000
Format: Paperback
Field Guide to Old Growth Forests isn't a scientific treatise on old growth forests, but a guide to accessing and appreciating them, blending a science guide with a travel handbook. A review of the natural history of old growth forests blends with the author's pen and ink drawings and tips on where to find the remaining old growth forests.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Macon Richardson on February 28, 2004
Format: Paperback
Larry Eifert assumes that only Portlanders and Seattleites will be reading his book. This book only mentions the old growth forests closest to Seattle. It fails to mention any old growth locations North of Mt. Rainier. If you live in Bellingham you would find this book close to useless. Although Washington has more old growth locations, he seems to cover the old growth sites in Oregon with more depth. Keep searching, you'll find a better book.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Viv Langham on October 21, 2001
Format: Paperback
This slim volume is fascinating, easy to read and beautifully illustrated. While it is not a thorough scientific treaty on the subject and doesn't provide information on the locations of ALL old growth (something I kind of expected from the title) it is nevertheless an exquisite introduction.
Having contacted Larry Eifert about the book I have to also say that he and wife Nancy are extremely friendly and helpful, not only pointing me in the direction of other information and advising on the best places to visit but also sending me further of his works gratis! In particular, a wonderful little chart describing the creatures and plants of the Redwoods which was the perfect suppliment to the Field Guide.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By D. Pembrook on March 9, 2010
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I've been flipping through this book over the last few weeks, reading it casually. On my hike last weekend, it was like the forest opened up. Suddenly, I could really see so much more detail. I remembered Larry Eifert's description of Douglas Fir cones looking like mice were fleeing into the cone, leaving their hind legs and tail exposed. This is the perfect description of the odd papers hanging out of the cone. I had a easy way of knowing more about the trees I was surrounded by. I hadn't expected this pretty little book to enhance my meandering through the forest so much. This book is a real joy to read.
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