344 pages, 154 photos, 24 illustrations, 22 maps, 24 tables
Completely revised and updated, this new edition of The Forests of Michigan takes a comprehensive look at the natural history, ecology, management, economic importance, and use of the rich and varied forests that cover about half of Michigan's 36.3 million acres. The Forests of Michigan explores how the forests regrew after the great Wisconsin glacier began to recede over 12,000 years ago, and how they recovered from the onslaught of unrestrained logging and wildfire that, beginning in the mid-1800s, virtually wiped them out. The emphasis of the book is on long-term efforts to sustain the state's forests, with a view of sustainability that builds not only upon the lessons learned from native peoples' attitude and use of trees, but also on the latest scientific principles of forest ecology and management. Generously illustrated and written in an engaging style, The Forests of Michigan sees the forest and the trees, offering both education and delight.
" [...] a wealth of information about the vast woodlands that drew white settlers to Michigan [...] "
– Eric Sharp, Detroit Free Press
"Besides presenting the latest scientific principles of forest ecology; anecdotes, maps, and color photographs make this book an enjoyable read."
– Michigan History
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Donald I. Dickmann is Professor Emeritus of Forestry at Michigan State University, USA and holds a doctorate from the University of Wisconsin. He is the author of The Culture of Poplars.
Larry A. Leefers is Associate Professor in the Department of Forestry at Michigan State University, USA. He holds a doctorate from Michigan State University.