The Forests of California

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    ISBN: 9781597144797

    From the author of The California Field Atlas (#1 San Francisco Chronicle Best Seller) comes a major work that not only guides readers through the Golden State’s forested lands, but also presents a profoundly original vision of nature in the twenty-first century. The Forests of California features an abundance of Obi Kaufmann’s signature watercolor maps and trail paintings, weaving them into an expansive and accessible exploration of the biodiversity that defines California in the global imagination. Expanding on the style of the Field Atlas, Kaufmann tells an epic story that spans millions of years, nearly one hundred species of trees, and an astonishing richness of ecosystems. The Forests of California is the first volume in a planned trilogy of field atlases, with The Coasts of California and The Deserts of California to follow, and Kaufmann seeks to create nothing less than a new understanding of the more-than-human world. The lessons in this book extend well beyond California’s borders. If Peter Wohlleben’s The Hidden Life of Trees and Richard Powers’s The Overstory opened readers’ eyes to the awesome power of arboreal life, The Forests of California gives readers a unique and unprecedented immersion in that power.

    About Pete Blanchard:

    Pete has spent most of the last 15 years studying and working in the environmental sphere. A graduate of the Presidio Graduate School's MBA in Sustainable Solutions, he has worked with various environmentally inspired entities in both the for and non-profit sectors. When not at work, he spends as much time as possible in nature — chasing waves, fish and the occasional ski day.

    Why Pete Chose This Book:

    Original watercolor illustrations of wildlife, maps, flowers and fauna combined with Kaufmann's unique meandering and penetrating prose really set him on a pedestal for naturalists/authors/artists. He also is seemingly getting better with each new book. Forests of California, his third (of six) installment, is a real masterpiece of visual and literary pleasure and an invaluable source of information about the current state and potential future of the forest ecosystems in California. The resilience of nature is a recurrent theme in his work, which is refreshing and important, as many often criticize the "doomsday" nature of many other environmental activists. I am very much looking forward to number four, "Coasts," due out next month.