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The Earth Manual: How to Work on Wild Land Without Taming It Paperback – October, 1985


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"An attractive, knowledgeable and unpretentious guide...written with quiet authority, filled with specific information." -- Los Angeles Times

"Even more than in 1975, humans now debate the "wild" and... "tamed," and _The Earth Manual_ answers the debate..." -- Whole Earth

About the Author

Malcolm Margolin is publisher of Heyday Books and author of several books on California history, including _The Ohlone Way_ and _The Way We Lived_.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 254 pages
  • Publisher: Heyday Books; Revised edition (October 1985)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0930588185
  • ISBN-13: 978-0930588182
  • Product Dimensions: 6.3 x 0.7 x 9.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #358,279 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Malcolm Margolin is executive director of Heyday, an independent nonprofit publisher and unique cultural institution, which he founded in 1974. Margolin is author of several books, including The Ohlone Way: Indian Life in the San Francisco-Monterey Bay Area, named by the San Francisco Chronicle as one of the hundred most important books of the twentieth century by a western writer. He has received dozens of prestigious awards among which are the Fred Cody Award Lifetime Achievement from the San Francisco Bay Area Book Reviewers Association, the Helen Crocker Russell Award for Community Leadership from the San Francisco Foundation, the Carey McWilliams Award for Lifetime Achievement from the California Studies Association, an Oscar Lewis Award for Western History from the Book Club of California, a Hubert Bancroft Award from Friends of the Bancroft Library, a Cultural Freedom Award from the Lannan Foundation, and a Distinguished Service Award from the Society of Professional Journalists. He serves on the boards of two organizations he helped found, Bay Nature Institute and Alliance for California Traditional Artists.

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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Adam Cleaves on July 24, 2003
Format: Paperback
If you are an Earth-goer that enjoys nature, this is a must have. This book will tell you everything from rehydrating wetlands to sprouting wild seeds, like acorns and pine cones. It will also inform of some of the DOs and DON'Ts of nature. In one segment the author, Margolin, states that you shouldn't bother making a dam for nature will always do her best to overcome obsticles. Also, keep in mind the small praire animals. There are sections in there for making homes, while not harming the land they all live on. If you don't believe me, you must get it. Now, don't just get the book, USE it, and encourage other to use it as well. It is one of the best natural guide books to keep around your home.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Lance M. Foster VINE VOICE on September 18, 2009
Format: Paperback
A superb, modest, very special book (230 pages + index) with perfect black and white line illustrations. This book helps you learn to be a healer of semiwild and damaged lands by encouraging the natural processes of the earth healing itself at the ground level. It is focused on what the individual and the community can do, using one's hands rather than machines. The chapters include:

1. Wildlife: wildlife needs, "do not restock" (carrying capacity), predators, variety, managing for _all_ wildlife, brush piles (including land and water piles for fish), rock piles, holes and dens (including den trees), hedgerows, corridors through heavy brush, dusting places, forested openings, fruits and natural foods, the issues around artificial feeding of wildlife.

2. Felling a Tree: Why this must be practiced and when, how to plan the downfall, which trees to cut, dropping the tree (nice diagrams on the cutting procedure), stumps, and safety precautions.

3. The Mulch Mystique: To mulch or not, selecting the kind of mulch, applying the mulch, and working with kids in mulching.

4. Be Your Own Tree Doctor: Things you can do to cure a sick tree or heal an injured one, the importance of sickness and dead trees in nature, tree first aid and surgery, barbed wire wounds, and feeding a tree (fertilizers, etc.)

5. Erosion Control: An essential task, how erosion happens and gullies develop, fighting erosion with plants, sheet erosion and plant cover, brush mats and wattles, contour trenches, principles of building check dams, culverts, streams and bank erosion, channel erosion.

6. The Seed Bag: When and how to collect seeds from wild plants, labeling, conifer cones (pine cones,e tc.), drying/storing/treating wild seeds, planting from seed.

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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Adam Cleaves on July 24, 2003
Format: Paperback
I will say if you are an Earth-goer it a definite to keep handy. In this book, you will learn everything from rehydrating wetlands, to sprouting wild seeds like acorns and pine cones. It is great reference to get you started in the good fight of Earth preservation. In one segment the author, Margolin, mentions making dams and states that is near impossible, for nature is meant to overcome it own obsticles. This book will tell you the DOs and DON'Ts of helping the wild creatures and the land they live on. You must see it your self to even believe all the useful knowledge this guide contains. So I will say, just get the book. Not only buy the book but use it and encourage other you know to use it also. If more people tooks these sorts of books to heart then we wouldn't need help in the wild, but in this day and age we need the extra boost.
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