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Conifer Country is an innovative natural history and hiking guide that uses conifers as a lens to explore the astounding plant diversity in the Klamath Mountains of northwest California and southwest Oregon. Educator, plant explorer, and author Michael Kauffmann introduces readers to the magic of this little known botanical wonderland through:

-The most accurate range maps
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Paperback, First, 206 pages
Published May 11th 2012 by Backcountry Press
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Christopher
May 30, 2012 Christopher rated it really liked it
There are field guides, and there are guides to the country, and the two seldom meet. It's too bad, really, because a good guide in that genre allows the author to virtually take you into the field, to see the things that they saw and to talk about them. The "Roadside Geology of... " series is a good example, but the model has seldom been carried over into the world of the forest, except in Arno's "Timberline" and the late Randy Stoltmann's books on the ancient forest. Michael Kauffmann has done ...more
Brian S
So great book.

But the reference map you use is incorrect, where it stated "greenhorn mountains". That area on nearly all maps including the Klamath National Forest Map is called the "SCOTT BAR MOUNTAINS". I am a Masters Degree Biology student in northern CA Biogeography and am from Yreka myself. Ive never heard that region referred to as anything different than the Scott Bar MOuntains. There is even a newly named salamander called the Scott Bar Mountain Salamander (separate species now from the
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Susan Eubank
Here are the questions we discussed at the Reading the Western Landscape Book Club at the Los Angeles County Arboretum & Botanic Garden.

• What was your favorite conifer? Why?
• What was your favorite hike? Why?
• Tell me about the author. What did you learn about him?
• If there was one thing you would change about the book what would it be?
• What part of the book would you be sure not to change?
• Tell me what you might do differently around conifers now.
• Do you have any stories in this landsc
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Johanna Bouchard
Jul 01, 2012 Johanna Bouchard rated it really liked it
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Conifer Country is a comprehensive guide to conifers of the Southwestern Oregon and Northwestern California area. Beautiful, full color photographs and regional maps help you locate and identify conifers. Perfect for nature enthusiasts, this book is brimming with information, yet compact enough to fit in a backpack and take along on a hike.

I have received this book for free through Goodreads First Reads
Joe Newell
May 29, 2012 Joe Newell rated it liked it
Tons of information in this book. In fact more than the average layman could possibly digest about conifers of the Klamath mountains.

I bought this book because I am an avid Hiker in this area of the country and the author detailed several hikes. I am also a map hound, and the hike descriptions come with maps; so that is a plus.
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Growing up in the eastern deciduous forests of Virginia Michael would stare out the window in the winter, hooting for barred owls and wonder...why are some of those trees still green? He nurtured his evergreen conifer fascination in the Appalachian Mountains at Virginia Tech and, upon graduation, landed a job teaching outdoor education in California. Sans family, alone in the West, he began to han ...more
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