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Among the Ancients: Adventures in the Eastern Old-Growth Forests

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Finalist for the Eric Hoffer Award

A natural history primer packed with travel ideas, this tour of 26 old-growth forests—one in each state east of the Mississippi River and all open to the public—aims to dispel the misconception that these forests are located only on the west coast. With intelligence and lyricism, the book highlights the adventure in getting to each forest
Paperback, 256 pages
Published May 17th 2011 by Ruka Press (first published January 1st 2011)
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I loved this book...Eastern Shore Biologist Maloof does a superb job praising the usefulness and sacredness of trees and warns what happens when modern development destroys old growth forests...She gives out practical scientific info on the types of trees that are native and becoming increasingly scarce in our forests as the need for logging and development pushes people owning acreage to destroy these trees by the powers that be....She has such respect for these old beauties and invites the rea ...more
Delway Burton
The is an environmental and historical road trip. Ms. Maloof travels the entire eastern half of the U.S., state by state, visiting the tiny remnants of old growth forest that remain. Before the arrival of the Europeans, the eastern forests comprised the largest deciduous forest on earth and perhaps the most ancient. Other than a few thousands of acres, every tree was cut. It is an environmental disaster beyond anything imaginable today. She describes the forests she visits, shares a vast amount ...more
Chris Leuchtenburg
A personal journey seeking ‘deep beauty’ in old growth forests. Although it includes a description and detailed directions to one of the best remaining fragments in each of the 26 states east of the Mississippi and many passages explaining some of the ecology, it is less of a guide to the forests or scientific exploration than a personal, aesthetic lament.
I appreciated her travelogue, the commentary on successes and failures of old growth forest preservation and the tips for following in her footsteps.
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Dr. Maloof is a nature writer and professor of biology and environmental studies at Salisbury University in Salisbury, MD,
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