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Forest Forensics

A Field Guide to Reading the Forested Landscape

Take some of the mystery out of a walk in the woods with this new field guide from the author of Reading the Forested Landscape. Thousands of readers have had their experience of being in a forest changed forever by reading Tom Wessels’s Reading the Forested Landscape. Was this forest once farmland? Was it logged in the past? Was there ever a major catastrophe like a fire or a wind storm that brought trees down? Small enough to carry in a backpack but full of vital information and many photos to aid your detective work, Forest Forensics offers a new way to understand New England's forests - a walk in the woods will never be the same.

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Tom Wessels

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When Tom Wessels published Reading the Forested Landscape, Bill McKibben called it "equal parts Sherlock Holmes and Aldo Leopold, and it will help many thousands of New Englanders answer the questions that come to mind as they wander this landscape...Forget John LeCarre - it's Tom Wessels you want on your nightstand."

Now Wessels has written a field guide that residents and visitors, landowners and foresters, students and hikers, and anyone who walks in the woods of the Northeast can use to discern the history of virtually any piece of land. What is the evidence: Are trees old or young? Are they standing or have they fallen? Did they snap mid-trunk or tip up with their roots? What is the human footprint on the land - stone walls, open fields - and how has it influenced the landscape? If you've ever come across a place so unique, so damaged, or so lovely that it made you wonder how it arrived at that state and what it looked like a hundred years ago, you've finally got the key to deciphering that mystery in Forest Forensics.

Small enough to carry in a backpack but full of vital information and many photos to aid your detective work, Forest Forensics offers a new way to understand New England's forests - a walk in the woods will never be the same.

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Author Tom Wessels
About the Author Ecologist Tom Wessels is the founding director of the master's program in Conservation Biology at Antioch University New England. He has conducted workshops for over 30 years and consults on issues related to forest operations in the Northeast. Wessels's books include: The Granite Landscape, Untamed Vermont, and The Myth of Progress.
Activity Skills/Instruction
Publisher Countryman Press
Edition 1st Edition (2010)
Format Paperback
Dimensions 7.5 x 5 inches, 160 pages
ISBN-13 9780881509182

About the Author

Ecologist Tom Wessels is the founding director of the master's program in Conservation Biology at Antioch University New England. He has conducted workshops for over 30 years and consults on issues related to forest operations in the Northeast. Wessels's books include: The Granite Landscape, Untamed Vermont, and The Myth of Progress.