Changing Nature of the Maine Woods
Publication Year: 2012
Ambitious in its geographic range, this book explores how and why Maine forests differ across the state, from the top of Mount Katahdin to the coast. Through groundbreaking research and engaging narratives, the authors assess key ecological forces such as climate change, insects and disease, nonnative organisms, natural disturbance, and changing land use to create a dramatic portrait of Maine forests--past, present, and future.
This book both synthesizes the latest scientific discoveries regarding the changing forest and relates the findings to an educated lay and academic audience.
Published by: University of New Hampshire Press
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Maine is the most forested state in the country. Nearly half of its total land area falls within the boundaries of the Unorganized Territories, a region with no formal municipalities, covered in forest, broken mainly by logging roads. Forests are Maine’s chief commodity, supporting a tourism econ-omy and a receding but still substantial forest products industry. Maine is ...
1 | The Maine Woods: Through Time and Across Space
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From this elevation, just on the skirts of the clouds, we could overlook the country, west and south, for a hundred miles. There it was, the State of Maine, which we had seen on the map, but not much like that — immeasurable forest for the sun to shine on, that eastern stuff we hear of in Massachusetts. No clearing, no house. nullt did not look as if a solitary traveler had cut so much as ...
2 | From Rocks to Ice to Forests: How Did the Land and Forests of Maine Formand Change over Geological Time?
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Are these the end times? Yes. And they have been this way since the beginning. Welcome to planet Earth, a wonderful but not entirely stable place to live. We’re standing in the middle of a wet black spruce bog in The Nature Con-servancy’s Basin Preserve on Phippsburg peninsula. I am here with Andrea Nurse, from the University of Maine’s Climate Change Institute, and our ...
3 | The Presettlement Forest of Maine: What Were the Forests Like before European Settlement?
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The hemlock–white pine–northern hardwoods region . . . is characterized by the pronounced alternation of deciduous, coniferous, and mixed forest communities. Sugar maple, beech, basswood, yellow birch, hemlock, and white pine are climax dominants of the region as a whole . . . [and in the east] red spruce [is a] characteristic species. . . . The boundaries of the region are illdenullned, for this is a great ...
4 | From European Settlement to Modern Times: How Did Human Culture Transform Maine Forests?
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Ecology becomes a more complex but far more interesting science when human aspirations are regarded as an integral part of the landscape.— Rene DubosIn the spring of 1787, seventeen-year-old Silas Perham traveled alone from Dunstable, Massachusetts, to backlot 24 on the east side of the Sandy River, in what is now Farmington, Maine (figure 4.1).1 The first Euro-Americans ...
5 | The Length and Breadth and Height of Maine: How and Why Do Forests Vary across the State?
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Maine. How many images that name brings to mind! And how many of those images relate to the state’s outstanding natural assets: mountains, forests, coast, wildlife, its unspoiled land and free-flowing rivers. Maine’s is indeed a rich natural legacy, thannulls to its geographic location where temperate and northern climates merge, its varied topography, and ...
6 | The Future of the Maine Woods: What Will Maine Forests Be Like in the Year 2100?
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Change is an inherent characteristic of all landscapes and future change is inevitable.— David R. Foster and Glenn Motzkin, Northeastern Naturalist (1nullnullnullnullJanet McMahon and Chris Davis have lived on their 100 acres in Maine since 1983. Their land stretches from the shoreline of the inner reaches of Muscongus Bay to nearly a mile inland, encompassing a wide range of nat-...
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Figure 2.1. Adapted by permission from Figures 1 and 2, C.R. van Staal and R.D. Hatcher Jr., “Global set_ting of Ordovician orogenesis,” The Geological Society Figure 2.2. Source: Jouzel, J. et al., “Orbital and Millennial Antarctic Climate Variability over the Past eight.o00,000 Years,” Science 31seven.o (200seven.o): seven.onine.o3–seven.onine.oseven.o; R.B. Alley, 200four.o, GISP2 Ice Core Temperature and Accumulation Data. IGBP ...
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Publication Year: 2012