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Wetland, Woodland, Wildland: A Guide to the Natural Communities of Vermont (Middlebury Bicentennial Series in Environmental Studies) Paperback – November 1, 2000

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"A solid, comprehensive guide . . . practical information for naturalists, teachers, landowners and conservation planners . . . as well as general knowledge for anyone who wants to learn more about the Vermont outdoors." ―Vermont Sunay Magazine

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6 1/4 x 9 trim. 200 illus. 107 drawings. 101 color photos. 82 color maps. 4 tables. 4 charts LC 00-103493
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  • Series: Middlebury Bicentennial Series in Environmental Studies
  • Paperback: 468 pages
  • Publisher: Middlebury/Vermont Department of Fish and Wildlife and the Nature Conservancy; 1st edition (November 1, 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 158465077X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1584650775
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 6.4 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #301,019 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Tom Van Vechten on June 8, 2003
Format: Paperback
I came to this book as a relative beginner in nature observation, I could pick out the major tree species, but not much more than that. This guide was of tremendous help to me in learning to see relationships between tree types and the soil, exposeur, water, and other plants. The text is focused on Vermont, but I found it very helpful in New Hampshire, and I am sure it would be useful in Maine and New York as well as some of the Great Lakes areas. It is also very beautiful to look at, though some what difficult to read straight through from cover to cover. Take it with you on a hike, or during fly season look at it when you get back.
I hope there are or will be additional books of this type for other areas of the country / world. The authors and artist have set a high standard.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Kitty Werner on September 6, 2003
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As a resident of Vermont, I found this book to be one of the definitive works about Vermont's natural habitat. It is quite the eyeopener. The interactions of all the natural wonders of the state are completely explained, as well as the definitions of the specific ecosystems found everywhere. With this book I was able to map vernal pools, hemlock swamps and other sensitive habitats around me. Absolutely invaluable.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Randy J. Mercurio on October 18, 2008
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Being new to Vermont I had a lot to learn of the structure and contents of the natural communities here. This book is well organized and packed with information not only for VT but for the surrounding states as well because the habitats may exist in NY, NH, MA, CT and even Canada. As Tom Vechten pointed out it may be difficult to read from cover to cover but if you read most of the beginning chapters I think it is safe to venture to the regions that interest or concern you. Nice pictures and great line drawings help with visualization. The maps for each section are also useful but it will still be up to you to figure out which habitat you are actually standing in at any given moment, however, the book will guide you to narrow the decision. I think this is an outstanding guide to the region and I recommend it to biologists, naturalists, ecologists, hikers, campers, hunters, outdoorsman, foragers and anyone interested in learning about the history to structure of Vermonts amazing landscape. A big THANK YOU to the authors for compiling this much needed resourceful guide and it's worth every penny!
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Karl F. Riemer on April 17, 2009
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This is a beautiful book.

I don't mean pretty or delightfully literate, though it's those as well. I mean it's intelligent. It condenses, codifies and communicates a carefully considered catalogue of Vermont's natural communities. In a world of intuitive opinion and idle speculation this is a sober, empiric, bright-cut jewel.

Liz Thompson has crisscrossed the state evaluating sites for The Nature Conservancy. She's more familiar with Vermont than I am with my front yard. Eric Sorenson is Natural Communities Ecologist for the Vermont Fish & Wildlife Natural Heritage Program. He might know as much as she does, if that's humanly possible. Between them they've parsed our landscape into precisely described biologic community types. How finely have they defined? Click the picture to look inside. Check out the table of contents. Examine the densely packed information and consistent organization. Read some of the unpretentious but supple and cogent expository prose. ~80 communities are described, grouped and explained: what defines them, what generated and still sustains them, how they are related, where to find them.

There is no essay component. A huge amount of information is distilled to be searchable (it's color coded!) and disciplined to be readable. Concise to the point of being wiry, it's still substantial, with exhaustive appendices to explain and cross-reference any technical details in the main text. Included are diagnostic flora lists, implacably factual descriptions, and precise place designations, all in plain English. Anyone can read and understand this book.
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