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California Forests and Woodlands: A Natural History (Volume 58) (California Natural History Guides)
California Forests and Woodlands: A Natural History (Volume 58) (California Natural History Guides) by Verna R. Johnston 0520202481 9780520202481
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California Forests and Woodlands: A Natural History (Volume 58) (California Natural History Guides) by Verna R. Johnston

From majestic Redwoods to ancient Western Bristlecone Pines, Californias trees have long inspired artists, poets, naturalists--and real estate developers. Verna Johnstons splendid book, illustrated with her superb color photographs and Carla Simmonss detailed black-and-white drawings, now offers an unparalleled view of the Golden States world-renowned forests and woodlands. In clear, vivid prose, Johnston introduces each of the states dominant forest types. She describes the unique characteristics of the trees and the interrelationships of the plants and animals living among them, and she analyzes how fire, flood, fungi, weather, soil, and humans have affected the forest ecology. The world of forest and woodland animals comes alive in these pages--the mating games, predation patterns, communal life, and the microscopic environment of invertebrates and fungi are all here. Johnston also presents a sobering view of the environmental hazards that threaten the states trees: acid snow, ozone, blister rust, over-logging. Noting the interconnectedness of the diverse life forms within tree regions, she suggests possible answers to the problems currently plaguing these areas. Enriched by the observations of early naturalists and Johnstons many years of fieldwork, this is a book that will be welcomed by all who care about Californias treasured forests and woodlands.

Author: Verna R. Johnston

Language: English

Binding: Paperback

Pages: 222

Publisher: University of California Press

Publication Date: 1996-06-16

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ISBN: 0520202481


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