Nature's Temples by Joan Maloof
The Complex World of Old-Growth Forests

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“Maloof eloquently urges us to cherish the wildness of what little old-growth woodlands we have left. . . . Not only are they home to the richest diversity of creatures, but they work hard for humans too.” —New York Times Book Review 
 
An old-growth forest is one that has formed naturally over a long period of time with little or no disturbance from humankind. They are increasingly rare and largely misunderstood. In Nature’s Temples, Joan Maloof, the director of the Old-Growth Forest Network, makes a heartfelt and passionate case for their importance. This evocative and accessible narrative defines old-growth and provides a brief history of forests. It offers a rare view into how the life-forms in an ancient, undisturbed forest—including not only its majestic trees but also its insects, plant life, fungi, and mammals—differ from the life-forms in a forest manipulated by humans. What emerges is a portrait of a beautiful, intricate, and fragile ecosystem that now exists only in scattered fragments. Black-and-white illustrations by Andrew Joslin help clarify scientific concepts and capture the beauty of ancient trees.
 
 

About Joan Maloof

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Joan Maloof is a professor of biology and environmental studies at Salisbury University and the author of Teaching the Trees: Lessons from the Forest. She lives in Quantico, Maryland.
 
Published November 16, 2016 by Timber Press. 200 pages
Genres: Nature & Wildlife, Science & Math. Non-fiction

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