When European settlers arrived on these shores virgin forest stretched nearly unbroken to the Mississippi River. Early Americans were extremely adept at clearing land for farms and stripping forests for building materials. By 1900, out of five trees that stood in Colonial days, only one survived. You could travel with your dogs for days and hardly ever see a big tree.
Today, much of the land has been reforested. Most eastern states whose slopes were cut bare in the 1800s now boast of more than 50% forestland. In a land of second- and third-growth woodlands “old growth forests” where trees have stood unmolested since the dawn of the America have become magical places.
Old growth forests conjure up images of huge trees but these ancient forests are best characterized by their diversity. The woods are speckled with large snags that have broken in storms and mammoth trunks of decaying dead trees teeming with life litter the forest floor. A woodland hike through an old growth forest is like no other hike you can take with your dog.
Searching out Big Trees makes an exciting outdoor vacation with your dog and this book describes several locations where these ancient treasures live.
Formal gardens and arboretums are often not high on the hit list for adventurers with dogs. Experienced travelers know there are attractions you drive right by with your dog’s nose pressed forlornly against the car window. Formal gardens are typically high on the list of places that do not allow dogs. But not so fast...turn that car around and give these a try from the bonus selection included.
DOGGIN' AMERICA'S BIG TREES is part of the series from Cruden Bay Books that helps dog owners locate tail-friendly parks and trails: DOGGIN' AMERICA: GREAT OUTDOOR VACATION IDEAS FOR YOU AND YOUR DOG.
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Published January 1, 2009
by Cruden Bay Books.
Crafts, Hobbies & Home, Sports & Outdoors, Nature & Wildlife, Travel.