Bark: A Field Guide to Trees of the Northeast
Michael WojtechPaper: $29.95
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|Paper Publication Date:||10/16/2020|
Periderm and lenticels are generally not topics to inspire poetry or jump-start conversations, but naturalist Michael Wojtech’s Bark: A Field Guide to Trees of the Northeast may change that. Packed with cocktail-party ready facts and an easy-to-use identification guide for 67 Northeastern species, the surprisingly readable text is a must-have for both tree nerds and new-to-nature types.
This book will be a great addition to other tree books that we use in the field. No native tree shall go unidentified!
--New York Flora Association Blog
Bark: A Field Guide to Trees of the Northeast provides a unique look at some of the most majestic components of the northeastern flora and is a wonderful alternative to more traditional keys based on leaf or twig traits.
--Journal of the Torrey Botanical Society
[Wojtech’s] book covers several dozen species, but more so, it covers the basic structure and ecology you need for a starting point.
The section on how bark is formed and the discussion of possible advantages of different bark styles-thick bark protects from fire; photosynthesis can take place beneath thin bark-help prepare the reader for the serious business of identifying a tree just by looking carefully at its bark. But this is not as daunting a task as you might imagine: the detailed keys and descriptions and the excellent photographs make matching bark to tree an enjoyable and gratifying process.
--Virginia Barlow, co-editor, Northern Woodlands
Bark—the tissue and the book—is elegant. As part of a tree’s basic structure bark is always present, is critical to a tree’s function and survival, and provides a diagnostic feature unique to every species. This surprising and engaging volume enhances one’s vision for trees and the diverse natural history that they support. Delve into it to expand your awareness and comprehension of nature.
--David R. Foster, director, Harvard Forest, Harvard University
Michael Wojtech edited the journal Whole Terrain and now researches, writes, and teaches about trees and other aspects of natural history. He lives with his family in the woods of western Massachusetts. His website is www.knowyourtrees.com.