This is a field guide that residents and visitors, landowners and foresters, students and hikers, and anyone who walks in the woods of the Northeast can use to discern the history of virtually any piece of land. What is the evidence: Are trees old or young? Are they standing or have they fallen? Did they snap mid-trunk or tip up with their roots? What is the human footprint on the land - stone walls, open fields - and how has it influenced the landscape? If you ever come across a place so unique, so damaged, or so lovely that it made you wonder how it arrived at that state and what it looked like a hundred years ago, you've finally go the key to deciphering that mystery in Forest Forensics.… (more)
This guide's structure is that of a dichotomous key, a tool for discerning, in this case, the history of a piece of land.
[Introduction] Reading a forested landscape might be more accurately termed forest forensics since it is similar to gleanig a crime scene for evidence to try to piece together exactly what happened in the past.
[Preface] Can I walk through a forest and not interpret its history?
The exceptions to this are swamp white oak and bur oak that thrive in moist sites.