Forests are not just trees.
Forests are complex communities.
Trees anchor forests like corals anchor eef systems.
You can’t plant a coral reef system, and you can’t plant a forest.
Forests can, however, be destroyed.
Joan Maloof knows all this as well as anyone and she delivers the message with the reverence appropriate to these upright cathedrals of time.”
Rarl Safina, author of Beyond Words: What Animals Think and Feel.
An old-growth forest is one that has formed naturally over a long period of time with little or no disturbance from humankind.
They are increasingly rare and largely misunderstood.
In Nature’s Temples, Joan Maloof, the director of the Old-Growth Forest Network, makes a heartfelt and passionate case for their importance.
This evocative and accessible narrative defines old-growth and provides a brief history of forests.
It offers a rare view into how the life-forms in an ancient, undisturbed forest.
What emerges is a portrait of a beautiful, intricate, and fragile ecosystem that now exists only in scattered fragments.
Black-and-white illustrations by Andrew Joslin help clarify scientific concepts and capture the beauty of ancient trees.
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