Books  Habitats & Ecosystems  Forests & Wetlands 

Ponderosa: People, Fire, and the West's Most Iconic Tree

By: Carl E Fiedler(Author), Stephen F Arno(Author)

248 pages, illustrations

Mountain Press Publishing Company

Paperback | Apr 2015 | #231414 | ISBN-13: 9780878426386
Availability: Usually dispatched within 1 week Details
NHBS Price: £21.99 $28/€25 approx

About this book

The West's vast ponderosa pine forest has been home to people for thousands of years. Ponderosa from distant mountains provided timbers for the ancient pueblos of the Southwest. Nomadic Native Americans often wintered among the large pines and peeled bark for food in spring. Pioneers on horseback extolled the giant pines and grassy glades of yesterday's forest. Ponderosa timber was used to build Gold Rush-era flumes, sluice boxes, and mine shafts, as well as ties and trestles for the transcontinental railroad.

That historic forest is mostly gone now, and a different forest has taken its place. Heavy early logging and successful fire suppression have transformed yesterday s forest into a forest overgrown with smaller trees, shredded by bark beetles and ravaged by wildfires. But this new forest is at great risk, and that is the story of this book. Authors Carl E. Fiedler and Stephen F. Arno recount the history of humans among the ponderosa pines, the historical role of fire, how and why the forest has changed, and what people can do to restore the forest to its former glory. A richly illustrated guide at the back of Ponderosa: People, Fire, and the West's Most Iconic Tree features 64 ponderosa places scattered across the West, from dwarf pines growing in solid rock to towering trees in moist valleys.

Write a review

There are currently no reviews for this book. Be the first to review this book!

Bestsellers in this subject


NHBS Price: £29.99 £34.99 (Save £5.00) $38/€33 approx

Abernethy Forest

NHBS Price: £29.99 $38/€33 approx

Managing Your Woodland for Wildlife

NHBS Price: £12.99 $17/€14 approx

Woodland Development

NHBS Price: £34.99 $44/€39 approx

Floodplain Meadows – Beauty and Utility

NHBS Price: £12.50 $16/€14 approx

VAT: GB 407 4846 44
NHBS Ltd is registered in England and Wales: 1875194