Northeast Ferns is the first modern, comprehensive field guide to the true ferns and fern relatives of New England and the northeastern United States, including the states of Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, and Vermont. Included are keys, descriptions and illustrations for over 130 of the region's species of ferns and fern relatives: True Ferns in 19 families and 36 genera, including 'typical' ferns such as members of the Wood Fern, Sensitive Fern, Maidenhair Fern, Cliff Fern and Spleenwort Families, plus families now considered part of the true fern group – the Horsetail (Equisetum) and Adder's-tongue Families (moonworts, grapeferns). Fern Relatives in three families and eight genera, including members of the Clubmoss, Quillwort and Spike-moss Families.
Steve Chadde is the author of popular plant identification field guides such as Wetland Plants of the Upper Midwest, Wisconsin Flora, Minnesota Flora, Michigan Flora: Upper Peninsula, Northeast Ferns, and Alaska Trees and Shrubs. Following graduation from the University of Wyoming and Montana State University, he worked as a plant ecologist and botanist for organizations such as the USDA Forest Service and The Nature Conservancy. His books have proven to be valuable references for researchers and students. After a decade in the Philippines, he now lives in the Ozark Mountain region of Arkansas.