Forest Forensics

A Field Guide to Reading the Forested Landscape

Tom Wessels (Author, Antioch University New England)

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Overview | Inside the Book

Take some of the mystery out of a walk in the woods with this new field guide from the author of Reading the Forested Landscape.

Thousands of readers have had their experience of being in a forest changed forever by reading Tom Wessels's Reading the Forested Landscape. Was this forest once farmland? Was it logged in the past? Was there ever a major catastrophe like a fire or a wind storm that brought trees down?

Now Wessels takes that wonderful ability to discern much of the history of the forest from visual clues and boils it all down to a manageable field guide that you can take out to the woods and use to start playing forest detective yourself. Wessels has created a key—a fascinating series of either/or questions—to guide you through the process of analyzing what you see. You’ll feel like a woodland Sherlock Holmes. No walk in the woods will ever be the same.

Book Details

  • Paperback
  • September 2010
  • ISBN 978-0-88150-918-2
  • 5.1 × 7.5 in / 160 pages
  • Sales Territory: Worldwide

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