Sierra Club Naturalist’s Guide to Southern New England
The Sierra Club published an excellent series of Naturalist’s Guides to locations throughout the U.S. in the early 1980s, including southern New England, the North Atlantic Coast, and the Middle Atlantic Coast. As a Massachusetts resident, I constantly refer to the Southern New England title, which provides an exceptional, comprehensive overview of the region’s ecosystem types and common species therein. It’s unfortunately out of print at the moment, though you can find used copies online. Worth the effort to track it down.
The Nature of Vermont
Charles W. Johnson
A similar comprehensive overview to the state of Vermont. I’ve been unable to find equivalent titles for Maine and New Hampshire, but since much of the forest types and ecosystems are similar across much of northern New England, this serves as an excellent regional proxy.
Roadside Geology Guides
Mountain Press Publishing Company
Spring is a great time to check out geology—foliage has not yet had a chance to cloak interesting and insightful outcrops. The Roadside Geology series provides an excellent layman’s overview of the geologic history and interpretation of the Northeast states, all of which can be viewed from major highways and travel corridors throughout the region. Titles are available for Maine; New Hampshire & Vermont; Massachusetts; Connecticut & Rhode Island; New York; and Maryland, Delaware, and Washington, D.C.
Reading the Forested Landscape
An exceptional overview for interpreting the history of a given forested area based on clues in the landscape, including stone walls, tree types and ages, animal activity, and more. Beautiful woodcuts illustrate the key points in each chapter. There’s also a new companion book, Forest Forensics: A Field Guide to Reading the Forested Landscape. Read more in my February 16 post: Two New Guidebooks to the Forested Landscape.
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