Forest Primeval: The Natural History of an Ancient Forest
by Chris Maser
In this classic work of ecology, Chris Maser traces the growth of an ancient forest in Oregon's Cascade Mountains from its fiery birth in the year 987 to the present. A unique "biography" of an ecosystem, Forest Primeval portrays a diverse fabric of plants, animals, and microorganisms working in unison.Maser offers precise yet evocative accounts of the lives and events wit...more
Paperback, 282 pages
Published February 1st 2001 by Oregon State University Press
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A fascinating approach, going back millions of years in history to describe a Northwest U.S. forest. I was overwhelmed by the detail and by the author’s environmental Romanticism, but I’m glad I read it, because it was an entirely different experience.
I loved the parts about the forest, though some of the transitions into animal life and habits were off-putting. But what drove this book down to two stars was the last 40-50 pages about colonization and Europeans. I read this book for the forest, not a review of Northwestern exploitation by white men. The forest description is fantastic; just skip the last bit.