Laws Field Guide to the Sierra Nevada, The: written and illustrated by John Muir Laws (California Academy of Sciences)

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This "gripping and informative" (Publishers Weekly) account of financier Charles Hurwitz's takeover of the Pacific Lumber Company (PL) in remote Northern California is as much a story about the struggle for the soul of capitalism as it is about the fight to save the ancient redwoods on the company's lands. For generations the family-owned PL had operated on the banks of the Eel River in Humboldt County under the principle of long-term sustainability over short-term profits: employees were treated respectfully, and no more than seventy percent of old-growth redwoods would be cut in order to give the forest time to reseed. David Harris skillfully combines a journalist's astute eye for detail and an activist's moral outrage with fast-paced, thriller-like writing to chronicle the drastic changes that came to not only a corporation but its employees' entire way of life when the PL was bought out by a Texas-based conglomerate-whose greed-fueled destruction of the redwoods ultimately doomed the enterprise.

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Easy-to-use features include:

--Intuitive organization, color tabs, and simple keys

--Similar-looking species side by side

--Over 2,800 full-color illustrations

--Range maps of species that are otherwise difficult to distinguish

--Index of common and scientific names

--Lightweight and compact ideal for backpacking

Impressively detailed and comprehensive, the guide includes:

--More than 1,700 species

--Descriptions of behavior, adaptations, and interactions between species

--Species and topics not found in most guides, including aquatic life, spiders and webs, plankton, plant galls, bark beetle galleries, animal tracks and evidence, seasonal star charts, weather patterns, and cloud formations

About the Author:

Naturalist, educator, and artist John Muir Laws received a B.S. in conservation and resource studies at the University of California, Berkeley; an M.S. in wildlife biology from the University of Montana, Missoula; a certificate in scientific illustration from the University of California, Santa Cruz; and is a research associate of the California Academy of Sciences. He is the author of Sierra Birds: A Hiker's Guide and The Laws Pocket Guide to the San Francisco Bay Area.

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