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February 25, 2009

Book Roundup Wednesday: Books About Forests

Books about environmentalism New for 2009 on the Green Life is a weekly roundup of books addressing a particular aspect of environmentalism. Today we're reviewing books about forests. Check back here every Wednesday to discover new and worthwhile books.

Forests Forever: Their Ecology, Restoration, and Protection (by John J. Berger, $27.50, University of Chicago Press, Dec. 2008): A guide to the issues surrounding forest preservation, this book goes into the history of conservation efforts, what's happening to forests now, and what can and should be done in the future to protect these vitally important parts of the planet. Color photos depict forests' majestic beauty, logging's devastating effects, and the wildlife species that depend on forests for survival.

Nature of the Rainforest: Costa Rica and Beyond (by Adrian Forsyth, $30, Cornell University Press, Dec. 2008): An engaging photography book, Nature of the Rainforest pops with color in its depictions of delicate -- but often flamboyant -- rainforest creatures. The accompanying text tells us, in thorough, well-written detail, all the fascinating specs about the animals and plants we see.

Roadless Rules: The Struggle for the Last Wild Forests (by Tom Turner, $55 hardcover, $27.50 paperback, Island Press, Feb. 2009): The roller-coaster stories of the struggles it took to get roadless areas officially protected are at once exciting, anxiety-inducing, and ultimately, hopeful.

The Forester's Log: Musings From the Woods (by Mary Stuever, $25, University of New Mexico Press, Mar. 2009): A collection of almost 100 lively articles from the author's eponymous syndicated column. As a forester, firefighter, and ecologist, she tells the tale of what she calls "a national crisis of forest health."

--Avital Binshtock

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