The Forest That Fire Made: An Introduction to the Longleaf Pine Forest (Paperback)

The Forest That Fire Made: An Introduction to the Longleaf Pine Forest By John McGuire, Carol Denhof, Byron Levan Cover Image

The Forest That Fire Made: An Introduction to the Longleaf Pine Forest (Paperback)


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Longleaf pine forests are an iconic forest of the southeastern United States. Although these forests were often called "pine barrens" by early explorers and colonists, they were far from barren. Frequent and low-intensity surface fires are fueled by the unique plant diversity of the forest itself and serve as the catalyst that perpetuates the ecosystem on which many rare species depend. With this guide, authors John McGuire, Carol Denhof, and Byron Levan reveal the forest's unique characteristics by shining a light on its inhabitants, the ecological processes that are necessary for their survival, and how we as humans play a role in shaping this ecosystem.

Covering a wide range of topics, such as the anatomy of the longleaf tree, its history (and revival), and the surrounding fauna and flora, the authors provide the general reader with a thorough understanding of a forest that used to stretch as far as the eye could see. They claim that although the remnants of this once-great longleaf pine forest exist, they are often just a reminder of its former majesty, only recognizable to the informed observer. The Forest That Fire Made is dedicated to introducing the next generation of outdoor enthusiasts to many of the unique animals and plants that their ancestors would have known.

This guide includes three hundred color images of the flora and fauna that make longleaf pine forests their habitat and more than forty detailed drawings that document the most common species of animals, plants, and insects found there. It also describes more than forty longleaf pine forests to visit in nine southern states: Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Texas, and Virginia. In these preserved areas (many of which are publicly accessible), one can still experience the majesty of these once-dominant ecological communities.
Carol Denhof (Author) CAROL DENHOF is the president of the Longleaf Alliance, where she leads the organization in guiding the restoration, stewardship, and conservation of the longleaf pine ecosystem. Throughout her career, much of her work has been closely linked to longleaf and specifically to the many groundcover plant species that are so important to a healthy longleaf forest. She lives in Saint Simons Island, Georgia. Byron Levan (Author) BYRON LEVAN works as an environmental consultant with a special focus in rare flora and associated natural communities of the southeastern United States and beyond. He has worked in several positions involving natural resource education, research, and data collection. A lifelong naturalist, he has spent many years documenting the natural world through photography. He lives in Apex, North Carolina. John McGuire (Author) JOHN MCGUIRE is the director of the Private Lands Fire Initiative at Tall Timbers, Inc. Prior to that he served in various capacities with private industry, many of which were responsible for bringing fire back to the South's landscape. He also served as the outreach coordinator at the Longleaf Alliance. He lives in Auburn, Alabama.
Product Details ISBN: 9780820363592
ISBN-10: 0820363596
Publisher: University of Georgia Press
Publication Date: April 15th, 2023
Pages: 360
Language: English