The World of Northern Evergreens

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E. C. Pielou, a professional biologist, has the gift of being able to convey in everyday language her knowledge of the fascinating things to be seen in the evergreen forests of the northern United States and Canada and on the major mountain ranges of the eastern and western United States. She discusses the distinctive features of various evergreen trees, providing information on how to recognize different kinds; describes how they reproduce and grow; and assesses the impact of fire, wind, snow, ice, clear-cutting, and air pollution.

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"This volume will acquaint the reader with the ten groups of North American conifers above 45 degrees north latitude and point out some fascinating things about them. It describes all species in the area and provides easy- to-use keys. Written in clear, nontechnical language, the text is brimming with interesting information on the intricacies of coniferous life, including reproduction; the specialized parasitic plants, fungi, and insects that attack them; broad-leaved companions; and the origin of the evergreen forests. This book is guaranteed to enrich the reader's next forest visit." Library Journal" "Did you know that peat under the forest floor can burn invisibly for months, that Douglas firs are not really firs, that heavy snow helps some evergreen to propagate and that trees can defend themselves from insect pests? . . . Pielou tells us what outdoor people can observe on their own in a forest. Her book brings forest ecology to naturalists, bird lovers, hikers, cyclists, canoeists, skiers, mountaineers, and back-country campers." Seattle Post-Intelligencer" "This commendable little book is designed for the naturalist interest in exploring the continent's forests north of 45 degrees latitude. Written in nontechnical language and embellished with the author's many fine pen-and-ink sketches, it identifies interesting features and associates of the forests." Borealis, Spring 1989" "It is E. C. Pielou's contention that evergreen forests . . . are taken for granted and rarely well understood. To remedy this, the distinguished biogeographer has written a book focusing on the northern evergreen forests. These include not only the extensive boreal forests that stretch from Newfoundland to the Northwest Territories, but also the coastal rain forests of British Columbia and the coniferous forests of the western Cordillera. . . . This is a book that many naturalists, both novice and experienced, will read with pleasure and interest." The Canadian Field-Naturalist 103, 1989" "This book is very accessible and satisfying to lay and schooled naturalists alike. . . . Aided by superb illustrations, complex forest ecology is rendered palatable to hikers, skiers, paddlers, birders, and other outdoor enthusiasts." Adirondack" "The author proposes to draw the attention of northern naturalists to some of the interesting things to be observed among evergreen trees and larches in Northern North American forests. In this she succeeds admirably. . . . Pielou makes a strong, irrefutable, case for the preservation of old-growth forests and wilderness. All foresters, naturalists, anyone who appreciates the outdoors should have this and take the final message to heart." Forest Planning Canada 6:3, 1990"

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Describes different species of evergreens, explains the impact of fire, wind, snow, clear-cutting, and air pollution on them, and looks at forest plants and animals.

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