Bookmark and Share

For Educators

Click for larger image

The Changing Nature of the Maine Woods
Andrew M. Barton, Alan S. White, Charles V. Cogbill

University of New Hampshire Press
2012 • 304 pp. 65 illus. 6 1/8 x 9 1/4”
Nature / Ecology & Environmental Studies / Maine

$29.95 Paperback, 978-1-58465-832-0
$27.99 Ebook, 978-1-61168-295-3

Check your ebook retailer or local library for ebook availability.

"Barton’s detailed, 304-page text offers a dynamic look at the ever-changing landscape of the state’s expansive forests, following its unique evolution over thousands of years. . . . Touching on diverse, in-depth scientific pursuits, Barton’s book aims to be a true resource for naturalist and nature lover alike."—Daily Bulldog, Franklin, ME

The ecology of the ever-changing Maine forest

The Changing Nature of the Maine Woods is both a fascinating introduction to the forests of Maine and a detailed but accessible narrative of the dynamism of these ecosystems. This is natural history with a long view, starting with an overview of the state’s geological history, the reemergence of the forest after glacial retreat, and the surprising changes right up to European arrival. The authors create a vivid picture of Maine forests just before the impact of Euro-Americans and trace the profound transformations since settlement.

Ambitious in its geographic range, this book explores how and why Maine forests differ across the state, from the top of Mount Katahdin to the coast. Through groundbreaking research and engaging narratives, the authors assess key ecological forces such as climate change, insects and disease, nonnative organisms, natural disturbance, and changing land use to create a dramatic portrait of Maine forests—past, present, and future.

This book both synthesizes the latest scientific discoveries regarding the changing forest and relates the findings to an educated lay and academic audience.

Click here for TABLE OF CONTENTS


“A wealth of historical and scientific information.”—Kennebec Journal

“What is clear after reading the book is that these forests and the landscape of Maine have never been truly stable but have been influenced by natural events – some in the deep past and some more recently – as well as by the direct and indirect presence of humans. The book is special because, in a single heavily sourced treatment, readers can get an overview of the complex interactions that determine the fate of the forests in this particular spot on the globe." —Choice

“Writing such a work as this is nearly a lost art. It is neither a technical monograph aimed at a specialist audience nor a broad primer for a lay audience; nor is it a textbook. A willingness and ability to attempt a multifaceted, multidisciplinary set of stories about a forest region is rare. A fairly extensive rummage of the bookshelf is needed to find peer works. . . . Barton, White, and Cogbill have earned their place on this list.”—Environmental History


“This book is the single best guide to the Maine Woods since Henry David Thoreau. It is an indispensable resource for scientists, land managers, historians, teachers, students, naturalists, sportsmen, and nature lovers alike.”—Bill Roorbach, author of Temple Stream and Big Bend, winner of the Flannery O'Connor Award

“Very readable and accessible, the authors’ personal research and observations gives The Changing Nature of the Maine Woods authenticity.”— Malcolm Hunter, University of Maine

ANDREW M. BARTON is a professor of biology at the University of Maine at Farmington. ALAN S. WHITE is a professor of forest ecology at the University of Maine. CHARLES V. COGBILL is a historical ecologist in Vermont.

Wed, 18 Mar 2015 09:44:05 -0500