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Nature’s Temples: The Complex World of Old-Growth Forests

By Joan Maloof

Illustrations by Andrew Joslin

Forests are complex communities. ... 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.

Carl Safina, author of Beyond Words

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—including not only its majestic trees but also its insects, plant life, fungi, and mammals—differ from the life-forms in a forest manipulated by humans. 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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"Eloquently urges us to cherish the wildness of what little old-growth woodlands we have left."

New York Times

About the author

Joan Maloof

Joan Maloof is a scientist, writer, and the founder and director of the Old-Growth Forest Network, a nonprofit organization creating a network of forests across the U.S. that will remain forever unlogged and open to the public. She received degrees in plant science at the University of Delaware, environmental science at the University of Maryland Eastern Shore, and ecology at the University of Maryland College Park. She has published numerous research articles in scientific journals and is the author of Teaching the Trees and Among the Ancients.

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