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Discover Wisconsin's Forests in New Book


Perry Creek in Black River State Forest

Nature writer Candice Gaukel Andrews weaves together contemporary observations and historical reminiscences in Beyond the Trees: Stories of Wisconsin Forests. Andrews tells the story of Wisconsin's forests through its inhabitants, landscapes and myriad changes, both natural and man-made. Far from a static guidebook, "Beyond the Trees" characterizes Wisconsin's state and national forests as distinct and vibrant entities, each a unique reservoir of biodiversity and history.

The cover of "Beyond the Trees: Stories of Wisconsin Forests"

Readers will walk in the footsteps of Ojibwe hunters and early explorers, trek past the remains of bygone logging and Civilian Conservation Corps camps, and glimpse into the world of Great Lakes shipping. Whether explored on trails named after John Muir and Increase Lapham, or experienced in an urban green space, the orchids and oak savannah, beaver and brook trout, white-tailed deer and timber wolves of Wisconsin's forests await your discovery through this book. Inviting contemporary color photographs, archival images, informative sidebars, locator maps, and contact information for Wisconsin state and national forests round out this unique book.

Praise for 'Beyond the Trees'

"'Beyond the Trees' reaches back into history — linking our forests together and at the same time seeing their great differences. This splendid book allows each reader the chance to explore the intimate reaches of Wisconsin's forest history with depth and excitement, mystery and adventure. The forest landscape, as painted by the author, reminds us of Aldo Leopold's comment, 'I never realized before that the melodies of nature are music only when played against the undertones of evolutionary history.'"

— Nina Leopold Bradley, founder and director, the Aldo Leopold Foundation


:: Posted May 2, 2011

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