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The Nature of Vermont: Introduction and Guide to a New England Environment
Charles W. Johnson
Johnson is not only Vermont's official state naturalist but a talented writer as well, and has written an excellent and highly informative natural history of the state.
—Chris Bohjalian, Vermont Life
[Johnson] provides a wealth of information about the ecological communities of Vermont . . . with an engaging style that shares his personal excitement over the wonders and secrets of nature . . . With its excellent maps, drawings, and photographs, teachers will find it an effective supplementary text and useful field guide. Visitors and residents alike will find it a rewarding glimpse into the nature of the Green Mountain State.
[Johnson] writes with the clarity of a Vermont mountain stream, unimpeded by boulders of pedantry . . . Packed as it is with information, the book's major contribution is its sense of time, of the natural and human forces that have interacted over long spans to create and change this land and which will continue to change it, with infinite slowness or with surprising speed. Johnson doesn't need to moralize. The message is clear . . . We humans, latecomers to the scene, have a special responsibility for the kinds of changes we impose upon the natural communities of which we are a part.
—Lee Huntington, Rutland Herald and Sunday Times Argus
A superb introduction to the natural world in Vermont. It manages to be scientifically precise but still useful for amateurs, and is to be commended for identifying many species by their common folk name as well as their correct titles . . . There are few Vermonters who will not learn more about their state by reading Johnson's book, and the detailed appendices offer trails aplenty for further exploration.
—Rob Woolmington, Bennington Banner
CHARLES W. JOHNSON is author of Bogs of the Northeast (UPNE, 1985) and numerous articles for magazines such as Orion, Vermont Life, and Appalachia, and contributing author to Smithsonian Guides to Natural America: Northeastern States (1995).