Best Forests & Forestry Books
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1. The Nature of Oaks: The Rich Ecology of Our Most Essential Native Trees
Author: by Douglas W. Tallamy
A timely and much needed call to plant, protect, and delight in these diverse, life-giving giants. David George Haskell, author of The Forest Unseen and The Songs of Trees With Bringing Nature Home, Doug Tallamy changed the conversation about gardening in America.
His second book, the New York Times bestseller Nature’s Best Hope, urged homeowners to take conservation into their own hands. Now, he is turning his advocacy to one of the most important species of the plant kingdomthe mighty oak tree.
Oaks sustain a complex and fascinating web of wildlife. The Nature of Oaks reveals what is going on in oak trees month by month, highlighting the seasonal cycles of life, death, and renewal. From woodpeckers who collect and store hundreds of acorns for sustenance to the beauty of jewel caterpillars, Tallamy illuminates and celebrates the wonders that occur right in our own backyards.
He also shares practical advice about how to plant and care for an oak, along with information about the best oak species for your area. The Nature of Oaks will inspire you to treasure these trees and to act to nurture and protect them.
2. National Geographic Atlas of the World, 11th Edition
Author: by National Geographic
Created for all global citizens, this universally respected volume of world maps has been completely revised and updated with fascinating visualizations of international trends and global conditions. National Geographic’s flagship Atlas of the World, now in its 11th edition, provides authoritative maps of every country, ocean, and region of the world, as well as thematic maps and accompanying graphics showing important population, environmental, and economic patterns.
Organized by continent and reflecting today’s political boundaries and identities, this authoritative atlas is an indispensable reference for schools and libraries, as well as the latest resource for home browsing and study. A thematically organized opening section uses current data to visualize urgent concerns, such as Earth’s last wild places, changing freshwater availability, human migration and refugee movement, and human rights conditions globally.
The back of the book contains basic facts and flags of every country, as well as a comprehensive index cross-referencing more than 150,000 place names. A thought-provoking foreword by Alexander M. Tait, The Geographer of National Geographic, begins the book.
3. Restoration Agriculture
Author: by Mark Shepard
Around the globe most people get their calories from annual agriculture – plants that grow fast for one season, produce lots of seeds, then die. Every single human society that has relied on annual crops for staple foods has collapsed.
Restoration Agriculture explains how we can have all of the benefits of natural, perennial ecosystems and create agricultural systems that imitate nature in form and function while still providing for our food, building, fuel and many other needs – in your own backyard, farm or ranch.
This book, based on real-world practices, presents an alternative to the agriculture system of eradication and offers exciting hope for our future.
The Sibley Guide to Trees (Sibley Guides)
Author: by David Allen Sibley
David Allen Sibley, the preeminent bird-guide author and illustrator, now applies his formidable skills of identification and illustration to the trees of North America. Monumental in scope but small enough to take into the field, The Sibley Guide to Trees is an astonishingly elegant guide to a complex subject.
It condenses a huge amount of information about tree identification more than has ever been collected in a single book into a logical, accessible, easy-to-use format. With more than 4,100 meticulous, exquisitely detailed paintings, the Guide highlights the often subtle similarities and distinctions between more than 600 tree species native trees as well as many introduced species.
No other guide has ever made field identification so clear. / Author: David Allen Sibley / ISBN: 9780375415197
Plants of the Pacific Northwest Coast
Author: by Jim Pojar
This classic, bestselling field guide features 794 species of plants commonly found along the Pacific coast from Oregon to Alaska, including trees, shrubs, wildflowers, aquatic plants, grasses, ferns, mosses and lichens. Areas covered are the coastal region from shoreline to alpine, including the western Cascades – from tide pools to rain forests and meadows.
Included in this massive, indispensable guide are 1100 color photographs; more than 1000 line drawings and silhouettes; clear species descriptions and keys to groups; descriptions of each plant’s habitat and range; 794 range maps in color; indexes, glossary, and bibliography. Rich and engaging notes on each species describe aboriginal and other local uses of plants for food, medicine and implements, along with unique characteristics of the plants and the origins of their names.
For both amateurs and professionals, this is the best and most accessible guide of its kind.
6. The Stranger in the Woods: The Extraordinary Story of the Last True Hermit
Author: by Michael Finkel
A National Geographic Best Book of the Year National BestsellerMany people dream of escaping modern life. Most will never act on itbut in 1986, twenty-year-old Christopher Knight did just that when he left his home in Massachusetts, drove to Maine, and disappeared into the woods.
He would not have a conversation with another person for the next twenty-seven years. Drawing on extensive interviews with Knight himself, journalist Michael Finkel shows how Knight lived in a tent in a secluded encampment, developing ingenious ways to store provisions and stave off frostbite during the winters.
A former alarm technician, he stealthily broke into nearby cottages for food, books, and supplies, taking only what he needed but sowing unease in a community plagued by his mysterious burglaries. Since returning to the world, he has faced unique challengesand compelled us to reexamine our assumptions about what makes a good life.
By turns riveting and thought-provoking, The Stranger in the Woods gives us a deeply moving portrait of a man determined to live his own way.
7. Young Men and Fire: Twenty-fifth Anniversary Edition
Author: by Norman Maclean
A devastating and lyrical work of nonfiction, Young Men and Fire describes the events of August 5, 1949, when a crew of fifteen of the US Forest Service’s elite airborne firefighters, the Smokejumpers, stepped into the sky above a remote forest fire in the Montana wilderness.
Two hours after their jump, all but three of the men were dead or mortally burned. Haunted by these deaths for forty years, Norman Maclean puts together the scattered pieces of the Mann Gulch tragedy in Young Men and Fire, which won the National Book Critics Circle Award.
Alongside Maclean’s now-canonical A River Runs through It and Other Stories, Young Men and Fire is recognized today as a classic of the American West. This twenty-fifth anniversary edition of Maclean’s later triumphthe last book he would writeincludes a powerful new foreword by Timothy Egan, author of The Big Burn and The Worst Hard Time.
As moving and profound as when it was first published, Young Men and Fire honors the literary legacy of a man who gave voice to an essential corner of the American soul.
8. The Big Burn: Teddy Roosevelt and the Fire that Saved America
Author: by Timothy Egan
In THE WORST HARD TIME, Timothy Egan put the environmental disaster of the Dust Bowl at the center of a rich history, told through characters he brought to indelible life. Now he performs the same alchemy with the Big Burn, the largest-ever forest fire in America and the tragedy that cemented Teddy Roosevelt’s legacy in the land.
On the afternoon of August 20, 1910, a battering ram of wind moved through the drought-stricken national forests of Washington, Idaho, Montana, whipping the hundreds of small blazes burning across the forest floor into a roaring inferno that jumped from treetop to ridge as it raged, destroying towns and timber in an eyeblink.
Forest rangers had assembled nearly ten thousand men – college boys, day-workers, immigrants from mining camps – to fight the fires. But no living person had seen anything like those flames, and neither the rangers nor anyone else knew how to subdue them.
Egan narrates the struggles of the overmatched rangers against the implacable fire with unstoppable dramatic force, through the eyes of the people who lived it. Equally dramatic, though, is the larger story he tells of outsized president Teddy Roosevelt and his chief forester Gifford Pinchot.
9. National Audubon Society Trees of North America (National Audubon Society Guide)
Author: by National Audubon Society
Knopf (April 6, 2021)
From the creators of the world’s most trusted field guides-a go-to source for millions of nature lovers-comes a completely new and unparalleled reference work: the most comprehensive, authoritative, and up-to-date guide to the trees of North America. This handsome volume is the result of a collaboration among leading scientists, scholars, taxonomic and field experts, photo editors, and designers.
An indispensable reference, it covers more than 540 species, with nearly 2,500 full-color photographs-including images of the bark, fruit, and flowers, as well as photos that illustrate leaf shape and seasonal color changes. For ease of use, the book includes a glossary, a robust index, and a ribbon marker, and is arranged according to the latest Angiosperm Phylogeny Group classification system-with trees sorted by taxonomic orders and grouped by family, so that related species are presented together.
Readers will appreciate the crisp detail of the photographs; range maps (reflecting the impact of climate change); physical descriptions; and information on fruit, habitat, uses, and similar species. The guide includes an important new category on conservation status and essays by leading scholars who provide holistic insights into the world of trees.
10. Understanding Wood: A Craftsman's Guide to Wood Technology
Author: by R. Bruce Hoadley
The Taunton Press
The first edition of Understanding Wood was published in 1980 and has since sold more than 130,000 copies. It is widely held as a definitive reference work and the cornerstone of every woodworker’s library. Now, Bruce Hoadley’s comprehensive guide to wood technology has been revised and updated in this 20th-anniversary edition of a classic.
New information on composite materials, adhesives, and finishes brings this book into the 21st century, while more than 300 photographs bring important visual information to life. This edition covers the nature of wood and its properties, the basics of wood technology, and the woodworker’s raw materials.
Understanding Wood was written for woodworkers by a scientist with a love of woodworking. It will be sought after by craftsmen and collectors alike.
11. Tree Finder: A Manual for Identification of Trees by their Leaves (Eastern US) (Nature Study Guides)
Author: by May Theilgaard Watts
Easily Identify the Trees You Find! This essential guide by celebrated ecologist May Theilgaard Watts helps readers identify native (and some widely introduced) trees of the United States and Canada, east of the Rocky Mountains. With this handy, easy-to-use guide, you’ll be able to identify all sorts of trees in no time.
Features include: A dichotomous key, leading the user through a series of simple questions about the shape or appearance of different parts of a tree Includes 161 species Illustrated with line drawings Small (6- by 4-inch) format that fits in a pocket or pack to take along on a hike
12. Foraging with Kids: 52 Wild and Free Edibles to Enjoy With Your Children
Author: by Adele Nozedar
A fun, informative and practical introduction to safely foraging with kids, from the UK’s bestselling foraging author. In today’s world of increasingly sedentary lifestyles and a growing detachment from the food that we eat, it has never been more important to encourage children to put down their screens, get outside and engage with the natural world around them.
Foraging with Kids is a fun, practical book for parents to work through with their children that encourages families to interact with their environment and gain knowledge and practical understanding of the natural world through exploration and play. The projects are based around 50 easy-to-identify plants that are abundant in parks, forests and hedgerows worldwide, making the challenge of discovering functional flora just as achievable to those who live in the city as in the countryside.
Once they have foraged their plants, children will be amazed by the diverse practical uses that they can set them to; from making soap from conkers or setting a delicious egg-free custard with plantain, to stopping minor cuts from bleeding with hedge woundwort.
13. Farming the Woods: An Integrated Permaculture Approach to Growing Food and Medicinals in Temperate Forests
Author: by Ken Mudge
Chelsea Green Publishing
The first in-depth guide for farmers and gardeners who have access to an established woodland and are looking for productive, innovative ways to create a natural forest ecosystems that produces a wide range of food, medicinals, and other non-timber products.
“What a joy to read! Nice pictures, great case studies, and well organized…. Farming the Woods is the source for temperate climate agroforestry.”Jonathan Bates, Owner of Food Forest Farm While this concept of forest farming may seem like an obscure practice, history indicates that much of humanity lived and sustained itself from tree-based systems in the past; only recently have people traded the forest for the field.
The good news is that this is not an either-or scenario; forest farms can be most productive in places where the plow is not: on steep slopes, and in shallow soils. It is an invaluable practice to integrate into any farm or homestead, especially as the need for unique value-added products and supplemental income becomes more and more important for farmers.
14. Teaming with Fungi: The Organic Grower's Guide to Mycorrhizae (Science for Gardeners)
Author: by Jeff Lowenfels
Accomplishes what few other books havehelping growers use mycorrhizae to improve the immune systems of plants. This natural union between plants and fungi is the foundation of our food web. Paul Stamets, author of Mycelium Running: How Mushrooms Can Help Save the WorldTeaming with Fungi is an important guide to mycorrhizae and the role they play in agriculture, horticulture, and hydroponics.
Almost every plant in a garden forms a relationship with fungi, and many plants would not exist without their fungal partners. By better understanding this relationship, home gardeners can take advantage of the benefits of fungi, which include an increased uptake in nutrients, resistance to drought, earlier fruiting, and more.
This must-have guide will teach you how fungi interact with plants and how to best to employ them in your home garden.
15. Norwegian Wood: Chopping, Stacking, and Drying Wood the Scandinavian Way
Author: by Lars Mytting
Harry N. Abrams
The latest Scandinavian publishing phenomenon is not a Stieg Larssonlike thriller; it’s a book about chopping, stacking, and burning wood that has sold more than 200,000 copies in Norway and Sweden and has been a fixture on the bestseller lists there for more than a year.
Norwegian Wood provides useful advice on the rustic hows and whys of taking care of your heating needs, but it’s also a thoughtful attempt to understand man’s age-old predilection for stacking wood and passion for open fires. An intriguing window into the exoticism of Scandinavian culture, the book also features enough inherently interesting facts and anecdotes and inspired prose to make it universally appealing.The U.S.
Edition is a fully updated version of the Norwegian original, and includes an appendix of U.S. Based resources and contacts.
16. The Forests of California: A California Field Atlas
Author: by Obi Kaufmann
The first book of a major new trilogy from artist-naturalist Obi Kaufmann From the author of The California Field Atlas (#1 San Francisco Chronicle Best Seller) comes a major work that not only guides readers through the Golden State’s forested lands, but also presents a profoundly original vision of nature in the twenty-first century.
The Forests of California features an abundance of Obi Kaufmann’s signature watercolor maps and trail paintings, weaving them into an expansive and accessible exploration of the biodiversity that defines California in the global imagination. Expanding on the style of the Field Atlas, Kaufmann tells an epic story that spans millions of years, nearly one hundred species of trees, and an astonishing richness of ecosystems.
The Forests of California is the first volume in a planned trilogy of field atlases, with The Coasts of California and The Deserts of California to follow, and Kaufmann seeks to create nothing less than a new understanding of the more-than-human world.