Into the Field

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Ecologist Tom Wessels walks into a forest and senses the past. There are clues laid out on the land if your eyes are trained to see. Tom Wessels’ book Reading the Forested Landscape: A Natural History of New England sharpens our senses to patterns, changes, and disturbances — whether they be fires, blowdowns, blights, beaver activity, or past logging. Wessels encourages us to read a landscape the way we might solve a mystery.

In a way, Tom Wessels has written two books in one. The first gives us the immediate sense of wonder and discovery that comes when we uncover some hidden aspect of nature. The other book, equally fascinating, urges us to put the pieces together, to connect. This book may be a natural history of New England, but its enduring principles can be applied anywhere you might explore!

Join Tom in the field with this fun 3 minute film clip!

In the next few months Countryman Press will publish a new book by Tom Wessels, Forest Forensics: A Field Guide to Reading the Forested Landscape. In the meanwhile, the Land Library strongly recommends these titles from our shelves:

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Three more by Tom Wessels: The Granite Landscape: A Natural History of America’s Mountain Domes, from Acadia to Yosemite (and including Wyoming’s Wind River Mountains and Montana’s Beartooth Range), Into the Field: A Guide to Locally Focused Learning with co-authors Clare Walker Leslie and John Tallmadge, The Myth of Progress: Toward a Sustainable Future


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