A FOREST IS REBORN by James R. Newton


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Another forest-succession study from the author of Forest Log (1980), this one roughly comparable in coverage to Jaspersohn's How the Forest Grew (1980). Newton begins with a lightning-induced forest fire that leaves ""only blackened trunks and charred stumps"" in a ""forest that had taken centuries to grow."" From that point, he traces the succession of wind-seeded grasses and other ""sun loving"" plants; the animals and birds that feed on the grasses and nectar; the berry bushes that bring more animals and eventually shade out the grass; the lodgepole pine that relies on fire's heat to release its seeds; the other trees that grow from seeds buried by the animals and, in turn, shade out the bushes; and, finally, new shade-loving undergrowth and larger trees that again make up a climax forest. The text is smooth, clear, and well-ordered--and suitably, if unexcitingly, illustrated in soft black-and-white.

Pub Date: Sept. 1st, 1982
Publisher: T. Y. Crowell