Nature's Temples: The Complex World of Old-Growth Forests
Standing in an old-growth forest, it's easy to see, smell, and feel the ways it is different from forests shaped by humans. More than just instinctive, these differences have been scientifically measured. In Nature's Temples, Joan Maloof deftly explains both the science and the alchemy of these ancient ecosystems and makes a compelling case for their preservation. She shows how science disproves popular myths, such as the claim that a forest must be managed to be healthy. Maloof also confirms what our senses tell us: that no amount of effort by humankind can ever replicate a natural old-growth forest.
Enhanced by descriptive illustrations by Andrew Joslin, Nature's Temples embraces these fragile realms of nature that are inextricably connected to our planet, our fellow species, and our spirits.
Author: Joan Maloof
Published by Timber Press, 2016.