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Looking for Longleaf

The Fall And Rise Of An American Forest

By Lawrence S. Earley

Covering 92 million acres from Virginia to Texas, the longleaf pine ecosystem was, in its prime, one of the most extensive and biologically diverse ecosystems in North America. Today these magnificent forests have declined to a fraction of their original extent, threatening such species as the gopher tortoise, the red-cockaded woodpecker, and the Venus fly-trap. Conservationists have proclaimed longleaf restoration a major goal, but has it come too late?

In Looking for Longleaf, Lawrence S. Earley explores the history of these forests and the astonishing biodiversity of the longleaf ecosystem, drawing on extensive research and telling the story through first-person travel accounts and interviews with foresters, ecologists, biologists, botanists, and landowners. For centuries, these vast grass-covered forests provided pasture for large cattle herds, in addition to serving as the world's greatest source of naval stores. They sustained the exploitative turpentine and lumber industries until nearly all of the virgin longleaf had vanished.

Looking for Longleaf demonstrates how, in the twentieth century, forest managers and ecologists struggled to understand the special demands of longleaf and to halt its overall decline. The compelling story Earley tells here offers hope that with continued human commitment, the longleaf pine might not just survive, but once again thrive.

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Format: Book
Author: Earley, Lawrence S.
Title: Looking for longleaf : the fall and rise of an American forest / Lawrence S. Earley.
Publisher Date: Chapel Hill, N.C. : University of North Carolina Press, c2004.
Subject: Longleaf pine -- Southern States. Forests and forestry -- Southern States
Isbn: 9780807856994 (pbk.) 0807828866 (cloth : alk. paper)
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Format: Book
Author: Earley, Lawrence S.
Title: Looking for longleaf : the fall and rise of an American forest / Lawrence S. Earley.
Publisher, Date: Chapel Hill, N.C. : University of North Carolina Press, c2004.
Description: x, 322 p. : ill., map ; 25 cm.
Subjects: Longleaf pine -- Southern States.
Subjects: Forests and forestry -- Southern States
Notes: Includes bibliographical references (p. 273-312) and index.
LCCN: 2004000724
ISBN: 9780807856994 (pbk.)
ISBN: 0807828866 (cloth : alk. paper)
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Available Copies: 2
Total Copies: 2
Call Number: 634.9751 Ear