Forest Giants of the Pacific Coast

Forest Giants of the Pacific Coast The forests of the Pacific Coast are the tallest and most dense on earth Even after a century of intensive exploitation their trees remain unmatched in overall size height and age Forest Giants of

  • Title: Forest Giants of the Pacific Coast
  • Author: Robert Van Pelt
  • ISBN: 9780295981406
  • Page: 451
  • Format: Paperback
  • The forests of the Pacific Coast are the tallest and most dense on earth Even after a century of intensive exploitation, their trees remain unmatched in overall size, height, and age Forest Giants of the Pacific Coast is a guide to the 20 largest species of conifers in North America from the southern Sierras to Vancouver Island, and from the coast to northwestern Mont The forests of the Pacific Coast are the tallest and most dense on earth Even after a century of intensive exploitation, their trees remain unmatched in overall size, height, and age Forest Giants of the Pacific Coast is a guide to the 20 largest species of conifers in North America from the southern Sierras to Vancouver Island, and from the coast to northwestern Montana Giant trees are those with the greatest wood volume From the ponderosa pine Bear Creek Twin to the coast Douglas fir Ol Jed, from giant sequoias to western red cedars, the trees are depicted as individuals All are unique specimens that represent the extremes to which their species can grow To seek out giants and their neighboring contenders, Robert Van Pelt has traveled the length and breadth of the Pacific Coast and its forests, equipped with a camera, a sketchpad, and a survey laser, amassing a database of over 5,000 individual trees.

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    1. I was inspired to seek out this compendium of massive trees after reading Richard Preston's The Wild Trees, which was long on human interest but not very informative about the trees themselves. While Van Pelt isn't as skillful a writer as Preston (no surprise; he's a forest ecologist rather than science journalist), his short descriptions of each tree in this catalog are surprisingly varied in tone and content. And Van Pelt supplements his text with excellent visual representations of these maje [...]

    2. Marking this as "read" even though I may never read every word in it. It's almost a catalog, providing a one- or two-page description of each champion tree, with four to ten trees per species. While I do adore big trees and dote on the photos and drawings*, there's no narrative to carry the reader from beginning to end.*The drawings are necessary. For many trees there is no real live unobstructed view of the whole thing from any angle, so Van Pelt provides outstanding reconstructions from notes, [...]

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