- Paperback: 336 pages
- Publisher: The University of North Carolina Press; Reprint edition (February 27, 2006)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0807856991
- ISBN-13: 978-0807856994
- Product Dimensions: 6.1 x 0.8 x 9.2 inches
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- Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #463,034 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Looking for Longleaf: The Fall and Rise of an American Forest Reprint Edition
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The longleaf pine once comprised the largest ecosystem in North America, extending from Texas to Virginia and south to Florida. The forest was so vast that one early traveler, finding the landscape monotonous, summarized the woodlands as "entirely too immense." Part of the geographic success of the pine resided in its flammable resins; seasonal fires triggered seed production of the longleaf and its plant associates, enabling them to propagate over wide areas. These same resins, however, led to the forest's downfall, because they were sought-after ingredients in the manufacture of tar and turpentine. Out of the original 92 million acres of longleaf, fewer than 3 million remain. Recently, however, collaborations between ecologists and foresters have brought new hope to the beleaguered ecosystem, and painstaking effort may bring back not only the longleaf but also the forest-dwelling gopher tortoise and the red-cockaded woodpecker. Earley's enthusiasm for the forest's restoration doesn't quite make up for his uninspired prose, but green-minded readers will be drawn to this ode to the piney woods. Rebecca Maksel
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"The decline of the longleaf pine is a complex story, well and thoroughly told by Earley."
"This is the definitive book on longleaf pine. For people curious about biology and history, it is fascinating."
"A fine, informative read for anyone interested in acquiring a general understanding of this interesting forest ecosystem."
"Lawrence Earley's "Looking for Longleaf" is such an engaging book that I read it straight through from prologue to epilogue."
Dave Egan, "Ecological Restoration"
"A history of the southeast, an informative natural history, and a paean to a beautiful tree."
-- "Southeastern Naturalist"
"A welcomed addition on an important topic. . . . Should be required reading for anyone interested in the history of conservation in the South."
-- "Georgia Historical Quarterly"
"Easy to digest for a non-technical reader. . . . Remarkably complete."
-- "Natural Areas Journal"
"Richly detailed, impeccably researched and at times controversial: this merits a place alongside Bartram in the library devoted to the South."
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This book is must read from anyone from the Southeast. I, as an Alabamian love it.
I highly recommend it for those interested in the history of the south and of the country, in conservation, or reverence for the natural resources of the continent, and in the industries based on trees.
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