paper, 440 p., $24.95
This classic handbook has been updated and revised with more than 500 new color photographs and descriptions of more than 750 species that may be found in the Sierra Nevada range in California. Comprehensive yet portable, it is an excellent field guide for all travelers in the region and an environmental primer for all who live there.
In the introduction, the text covers the region’s physical features, climate, geology, plant and animal distribution before discussion of man’s past and current impact on the landscape. The major portion of the book contains taxonomic sections with accounts of individual species, starting from the lowest plant forms and concluding with the mammals. Species are described in detail and areas of particular distribution noted. A valuable reference bibliography and index complete the work.
— Marilyn K. Alaimo, garden writer and volunteer, Chicago Botanic Garden