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Looking for Longleaf: The Fall and Rise of an American Forest

By: Lawrence S Earley

336 pages, 34 illus, 1 map

University of North Carolina Press

Paperback | Feb 2006 | #162070 | ISBN: 0807856991
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Covering 92 million acres from Virginia to Texas, the longleaf pine ecosystem was, in its prime, one of the most biologically diverse ecosystems in North America. Its shrinkage threatens such species as the gopher tortoise and the red-cockaded woodpecker. Earley describes its history and how managers and ecologists have struggled to halt its decline.

Blending journalism with natural and human history and a keen appreciation for the land, Earley offers persuasive advocacy for a tree little known outside of its immediate region - but one of obvious importance, and one whose ongoing restoration can show other regions how to bring their old ecosystems back to life. - Kirkus Reviews, starred review "[Earley] is a keen and incisive writer, and employs lively quotes and quirky factoids.... Looking for Longleaf is a must-read for anyone interested in conservation or Southern history." - Charlotte Observer"

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Lawrence S. Earley, former editor of Wildlife in North Carolina magazine, is a freelance writer and photographer living in Raleigh, North Carolina.

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