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Last stands : a journey through North America's vanishing ancient rainforests
Pynn, Larry.
Personal Author:
Publication Information:
Corvallis, Or. : Oregon State University Press, [2000]

Physical Description:
xi, 212 pages : map ; 23 cm
General Note:
Includes index.
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SD387.O43 P951 2000 Adult Non-Fiction Central Closed Stacks

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An award-winning environmental reporter plunges into coastal rainforests from California to Alaska to explore this unique ecosystem and the complex factors that threaten it.

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This work is a personal chronicle of journalist Pynn's experiences in a variety of rainforest ecosystems ranging from California redwoods through the Pacific Northwest, central British Columbia, and southeast Alaska. The 12 chapters treat a diverse array of topics, from marbled murrelets and wolverines to redwood trees, mushrooms, and western red cedar; from salmon and bears to limestone caves and helicopter logging. The unifying goal throughout is to bear witness to the unique ecology of these forests and describe how poor logging practices have transformed them and threaten their continued existence. Although generally well written, each chapter treats a separate topic and therefore the historical, social, and ecological subject content is only moderately developed. By contrast, a superior educational work is Tongass: Pulp Politics and the Fight for the Alaskan Rain Forest by Kathie Durbin (CH, Jul'00), which provides an in-depth case study of how indiscrete logging and pulp processing facilitated by government policies can degrade the natural resource base. Pynn, an environmental reporter for the Vancouver Sun, has also written The Forgotten Trail: One Man's Adventures on the Canadian Route to the Klondike (1996). General readers; lower-division undergraduates. ; Michigan Technological University