A full and wholly original portrait of New England's forests, tracing their evolution from precolonial days to the present through a study of the patterns we see today. Read this book, its many fans have said, and no walk in the woods will ever be the same.
Author Tom Wessels has spent more than twenty years interpreting New England's lanscape. An intrepid sleuth and articulate tutor, Wessels teaches us to read a landscape the way we might solve a mystery. Each chapter addresses a form of forest disturbance common in New England, such as fire, logging, and blight. Studying Wessel's descriptions of forest scenes in conjunction with visual portraits teaches us to identify disturbance patterns and, in turn, to take our discoveries outside and read the history written in the character of the land. Etchings and illustrations by Brian D. Cohen. Paperback, 200 pages.