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Trees of Alabama, Trees of Alabama, 0817359419, 0-8173-5941-9, 978-0-8173-5941-6, 9780817359416, , , Trees of Alabama, 0817392300, 0-8173-9230-0, 978-0-8173-9230-7, 9780817392307,

Trees of Alabama
Lisa J. Samuelson, with Photographs by Michael E. Hogan

Quality Paper
2020. 384 pp.
707 color figures / 42 B&W figures / 139 maps
Price:  $34.95 t
E Book
2020. 384 pp.
707 color figures / 42 B&W figures / 139 maps
Price:  $34.95 d

An easy-to-use guide to the most common trees in the state

From the understory flowering dogwood presenting its showy array of white bracts in spring, to the stately, towering baldcypress anchoring swampland with their reddish buttresses; from aromatic groves of Atlantic white-cedar that grow in coastal bogs to the upland rarity of the fire-dependent montane longleaf pine, Alabama is blessed with a staggering diversity of tree species. Trees of Alabama offers an accessible guide to the most notable species occurring widely in the state, forming its renewable forest resources and underpinning its rich green blanket of natural beauty.

Lisa J. Samuelson provides a user-friendly identification guide featuring straightforward descriptions and vivid photographs of more than 140 common species of trees. The text explains the habitat and ecology of each species, including its forest associates, human and wildlife uses, common names, and the derivation of its botanical name. With more than 800 full-color photographs illustrating the general form and habitat of each, plus the distinguishing characteristics of its buds, leaves, flowers, fruit, and bark, readers will be able to identify trees quickly. Colored distribution maps detail the range and occurrence of each species grouped by county, and a quick guide highlights key features at a glance.

This book also features a map of forest types, chapters on basic tree biology and terminology (with illustrative line drawings), a spotlight on the plethora of oak species in the state, and a comprehensive index. This is an invaluable resource for biologists, foresters, and educators and a great reference for outdoorspeople and nature enthusiasts in Alabama and throughout the southeastern United States.
Lisa J. Samuelson is Dwain G. Luce Professor of Forestry, Auburn University Alumni Professor, and director of the Center for Longleaf Pine Ecosystems at the School of Forestry and Wildlife Sciences at Auburn University. She has authored more than 70 peer-reviewed publications on tree physiology and three dendrology textbooks, including Forest Trees: A Guide to the Southeastern and Mid-Atlantic Regions of the United States and Forest Trees: A Guide to the Eastern United States.

Michael E. Hogan is a fine woodworker and award-winning photographer whose images have appeared in numerous educational, extension, and outreach publications.

“Samuelson’s book is the best available tree identification tool for Alabama because it has an emphasis on the southeast where species complexes tend to be more confusing.”
—John L. Clark, associate professor of biological sciences, University of Alabama (2005 to 2015) and Aldo Leopold Distinguished Teaching Chair, The Lawrenceville School (2015 to 2018)

"Trees do most of the things you do, just more slowly. They compete for their livelihoods and take care of their families, sometimes making huge sacrifices for their children. They breathe, eat and have sex. They give gifts, communicate, learn, remember and record the important events of their lives. With relatives and non-kin alike they cooperate, forming neighborhood watch committees--to name one example--with rapid response networks to alert others to a threatening intruder. They manage their resources in bank accounts, using past market trends to predict future needs. They mine and farm the land, and sometimes move their families across great distances for better opportunities. Some of this might take centuries, but for a creature with a life span of hundreds or thousands of years, time must surely have a different feel about it.

And for all that, trees are things to us, good for tables, floors and ceiling beams: As much as we admire them, we're still happy to walk on their hearts. It may register as a shock, then, that trees have lives so much like our own. All the behaviors described above have been studied and documented by scientists who carefully avoid the word "behavior" and other anthropomorphic language, lest they be accused of having emotional attachments to their subjects.

--Barbara Kingsolver, review of The Overstory by Richard Powers, in the NYT Book Review

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