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Natural History of Vacant Lots (California Natural History Guides, No. 50) Hardcover – November, 1987

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Product Details

  • Series: California Natural History Guides
  • Hardcover: 296 pages
  • Publisher: University of California Press; 1st edition (November 1987)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0520052501
  • ISBN-13: 978-0520052505
  • Product Dimensions: 8.1 x 4.9 x 1.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,488,676 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"An imaginative introduction to the tenacious plants and animals that battle people and pollution to survive. Anyone concerned with the natural environment will be delighted by Vessel and Wong's guided tour of this unexpected territory." -- Tim Larimer, San Jose Mercury News

"Examines the urban 'natural' environment as an ecosystem and as an important community resource." -- Jean Field, San Francisco Bay Guardian

"Natural History of Vacant Lots is well organized and inviting to use. A glossary, numerous diagrams, and a special List of Common Species in Disturbed Areas are features that make the material particularly accessible." -- Sheila Golburgh Johnson, Fremontia

"The book contains very good and useful descriptions of plants and animals regularly found in neglected lots throughout California. . . . Part of the value of a little book like this is that it opens your eyes to things you would otherwise miss." -- Lee Dembart, Los Angeles Times --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

About the Author

Matthew F. Vessel is Professor Emeritus of Natural Science at San Jose State University. Herbert H. Wong was formerly Professor of Environmental Education at Western Washington State University and Lecturer at the University of California, Berkeley. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Phil K. on September 11, 2014
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Best book ever about Vacant Lots! I only wish there was a sequel :(
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