This illuminating and instructive book explores New Hampshire's stunning mosaic of natural communities. In photos, drawings, and accessible text, The Nature of New Hampshire takes you on a tour of landscapes as varied as alpine meadows, tidal marshes, riverbanks, forests, ponds, dunes, and cliffs. Readers will gain a new understanding and appreciation for the state's exceptional natural heritage. Natural communities are recurring associations of plants and animals found in particular physical environments. They are the dynamic habitats in which native species live. Based on more than twenty years of ecological research, the New Hampshire Natural Heritage Bureau developed the classification of the nearly 200 natural community types presented in this essential guide. The communities are organized into eight categories: alpine and subalpine, rocky ground, forests, peatlands, swamps, marshes, river channels and floodplains, and seacoast.
With gorgeous photographs, informative text, and recommended places to visit, The Nature of New Hampshire provides an important common language for conservation planning and informed land stewardship. Whether used as a field guide or an at-home resource, this book will help readers reconnect with their surroundings, and understand the places they value.
About the Author
DAN SPERDUTO served as Senior Ecologist for the New Hampshire chapter of The Nature Conservancy and now operates Sperduto Ecological Services LLC in Canterbury. BEN KIMBALL served as Senior Conservation and GIS Manager for the New Hampshire Natural Heritage Bureau in Concord.
"Can you compress New Hampshire's natural beauty into book form? Perhaps not, but a new guide, The Nature of New Hampshire, makes a gorgeous attempt. The volume includes photos, drawings and text describing the state's incredible diversity."—Concord Monitor
"This book leads the reader on a fascinating journey through New Hampshire's diverse natural communities. Both comprehensive and sprinkled with exquisite details, The Nature of New Hampshire is an indispensable guide to the state's extraordinary natural heritage."—Mary Klein, President & CEO, NatureServe