cloth, 176 pp., $35.00
Called the “American South’s signature tree”, forests of Longleaf Pines ranged from the Middle Atlantic Coastal Plain as far west as the Western Gulf Coastal Plain and from the Southern Coastal Plain as far north as the Appalachians. Among the richest forests in North America, they contain incredibly diverse habitats. The trees began to be harvested shortly after the arrival of colonists; their arrow–straight trunks made ideal masts for ships of the British Navy. In this volume, the authors trace the current range of the Longleaf Pine, as well as the plants and animals that inhabit the environment, and the most effective way to care for this habitat. A new respect for Longleaf Pine brings hope that this species will again thrive in the southern woodlands. This book is highly recommended for its handsome photographs and vision of the authors.
— Marilyn K. Alaimo, garden writer and volunteer, Chicago Botanic Garden