“The etchings in Reading the Forested Landscape are fabulous and the text is more entertaining than The Disney Channel.” (Brian Downey - Peterborough, NH Transcript)
“Tom Wessels evokes ancient logging roads from the weathered scars on trees deep in the New England forest.....he brings alive the intricate, interwoven, and ever-changing story of his region. I feel grateful for this illuminating and beautifully written book.” (John Elder, author of Reading the Mountains of Home)
A full and wholly original portrait of New England's forests, tracing their evolution from pre-colonial days to the present through a study of the patterns we see today. Read this book, is many fans have said, and no walk in the woods will ever be the same.
Most books and courses on natural history focus on the identification of one small aspect of the complex world outside our doors. We may know how to identify our neighborhood trees but not know why pine are dominant in one place and maple in another; we may notice fungus growing on a beech trunk but not know the devastating impact of blights on our forests over the centuries. Tom Wessels, who has spent more than twenty years interpreting New England's landscape and teaching others to see "the forest for the trees," argues that by coming to a fuller understanding of our home ground, we achieve a greater sense of place.
An intrepid sleuth and articulate tutor, Wessels teaches us to read a landscape the way we might solve a mystery. Each chapter addresses a form of forest disturbance common in New England--fire, logging, and blight are examples--and depicts it in an extraordinary, full-page etching. Studying Wessels's descriptions of forest scenes in conjunction with Cohen's visual portraits teaches us to identify disturbance patterns and, in turn, to take our discoveries outside and read the history written in the character of the land.See all Editorial Reviews
Book and author great! Item arrived with dirty edges and smelling like moth balls.Published 3 months ago by bsmsw
My son started reading as we opened Christmas gifts. His wife was not pleased! Odd thing, it's the first book he's willingly read.Published 7 months ago by Crankygrandma
Anyone who walks in the woods in New England will enjoy this book!Published 8 months ago by SL in Massachusetts
This is a fantastic book, it is filled with valuable information on seeing the landscape in a whole new way. I enjoyed going through the chapters and highlighted so many things. Read morePublished 14 months ago by S. Montalvo
I read the introduction and 2 chapters so far, and now I am noticing more about the forested landscape. Read morePublished 16 months ago by laquixotic