By: Tom S Cooperrider, Hope Taft and David E Boufford
89 pages, colour & b/w illustrations
During the latter half of the twentieth century, the world witnessed the rise of the modern environmental movement. Chronicling this significant occurrence in Ohio, and specifically in Kent, a university town in the American Midwest, Botanical Essays from Kent is a collection of writings and photographs that capture the spirit and excitement of botanical fieldwork during the 1960s, '70s, and '80s. Kent Bog, dedicated as a state nature preserve in 1987, is the book's focal point.
With personal narratives based on fifty years of experience, author Tom S. Cooperrider provides fascinating botanical tales on the study and conservation of Ohio flora, the Herrick Magnolia Garden, work of other local botanists, the protection of rare species and unique areas, such as Kent's tamarack bog, the discovery of lost plants, the survival of a famous cultivated tree, and the invasiveness of alien plant species.
"Botanical Essays from Kent" is a valuable addition to the understanding of local natural history and will be enjoyed by botanists, gardeners, and nature lovers alike.
Tom Cooperrider writes with the authority reflecting a lifetime devoted to the study of the world of Nature. He chooses his words carefully, inviting a closer look at wonders such as the Kent Bog, a living relic of the Ice Age that has somehow survived centuries of change in Northeast Ohio. His finely crafted portraits beckon readers to appreciate a bounty of marvels that they might otherwise overlook
-Roger J. DiPaolo, editor of the Kent-Ravenna Record-Courier
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