This illuminating and instructive book explores New Hampshire's stunning mosaic of natural communities. In photos, drawings, and accessible text, The Nature of New Hampshire takes you on a tour of landscapes as varied as alpine meadows, tidal marshes, riverbanks, forests, ponds, dunes, and cliffs. Readers will gain a new understanding and appreciation for the state's exceptional natural heritage. Natural communities are recurring associations of plants and animals found in particular physical environments. They are the dynamic habitats in which native species live. Based on more than twenty years of ecological research, the New Hampshire Natural Heritage Bureau developed the classification of the nearly 200 natural community types presented in this essential guide. The communities are organized into eight categories: alpine and subalpine, rocky ground, forests, peatlands, swamps, marshes, river channels and floodplains, and seacoast.
With gorgeous photographs, informative text, and recommended places to visit, The Nature of New Hampshire provides an important common language for conservation planning and informed land stewardship. Whether used as a field guide or an at-home resource, this book will help readers reconnect with their surroundings, and understand the places they value.
Publisher: University Press of New England
Number of pages: 360
Weight: 1048 g
Dimensions: 254 x 178 x 20 mm
"Can you compress New Hampshire's natural beauty into book form? Perhaps not, but a new guide, The Nature of New Hampshire, makes a gorgeous attempt. The volume includes photos, drawings and text describing the state's incredible diversity."-- "Concord Monitor"
"A comprehensive guide to the diverse terrain of the Granite State, from seacoast to mountains to marshes and rivers. Treats each region as a whole, looking at geology, flora and fauna. Handsomely illustrated with color photographs."-- "Valley News"
"Each chapter covers one of eight distinct biophysical natural community groupings in the state, complete with photos, drawings and well-written text."-- "Kearsarge Magazine"
"The numerous excellent photographs of the habitats and of the plants within them, nearly all of which were taken by the authors, greatly enhance the written habitat descriptions. . . . Recommended."-- "Choice"