This attractive, heavily illustrated field guide is the most comprehensive accounting of the woody plants of Arkansas ever published. Features of the guide include:
Species accounts for nearly all the trees, shrubs, and woody vines of the state, including common and scientific names, descriptions, habitats, and distributions, as well as notes on current and potential species of conservation concern, introduced and invasive species, wildlife and human uses, history, and ecology
More than 1,500 color photographs highlighting important characters for identification
County-level distribution maps
Detailed sections on ecoregions and habitats of Arkansas as they relate to the woody flora
Visual key to aid in quickly identifying a plant to genus
Dichotomous keys for the 32 largest genera including the oaks, hickories, and hawthorns
Full glossary of technical terms featuring botanical drawings
Complete index of scientific and common names
Foreword by P. Allen Smith
A field guide designed for outdoor use, “Trees, Shrubs, and Woody Vines of Arkansas” is an encyclopedic resource for identification and appreciation of the state’s trees, shrubs, and woody vines. The book will appeal to educators, scientists, conservation professionals, and outdoor enthusiasts. The book’s comprehensive listings of plant photographs, drawings, maps, and cross reference keys will support greater understanding and appreciation of the state’s plants and the habitats that support them. The book will be a valuable companion for all who appreciate Arkansas flora in rural, urban, and wilderness areas. You will want to have a copy in your backpack as well as on your bookshelf.
P. Allen Smith says, “This is a colossal body of work that will inform and benefit many, enthusiasts and professionals alike, for decades to come.”
Dr. Gary Tucker says, “What a great job you guys have done on the book. A much-needed publication that is well written…”
Dr. Alan Weakley, Director of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Herbarium and author of “Flora of the Southeastern United States,” says “This is a gorgeous book packed with authoritative information on the woody plants of Arkansas. Buy it and use it often to explore and appreciate the amazing diversity of Arkansas’s flora and natural areas!”
Steven Foster, book reviewer with Eureka Springs Independent newspaper says, “In short, this is one of those books that should be in every home in Arkansas. We all have woody plants within our immediate view once we step outside almost any door or gaze out any window. I find myself casually thumbing through the book with one “aha” moment after another in arm-chair discovery and revelations of what I observe outdoors in Arkansas.”
Ozark Forest Forensics, Fredrick Paillet and Steven Stephenson
This book interprets our natural surroundings in a way that enhances a simple walk in the scenic deciduous woodlands of the Ozark Mountain region. Explanations go beyond trees and their habitat to include other diverse subjects: the leaf litter beneath a hiker’s feet, strategies used by wildflowers for pollination and seed dispersal, diseases that can ravage our forests, and forces active in the landscape that impact conservation efforts. Simplified line drawings demonstrate specific points of interest in a way that visually cluttered photographs cannot do. Includes: 163 line drawings, a list of species used in the text, a glossary, and a reading list.
Arkansas Butterflies and Moths, 2nd Edition, Lori A. Spencer
Arkansas Butterflies and Moths, 2nd edition, includes 264 species of butterflies and moths found in Arkansas. Species identification is facilitated through detailed text entries alongside 300 full-sized color photographs. And, for the first time ever, all butterfly species in the state are included. Many live photographs and shots of larvae are used, and butterfly gardening and prime butterfly-watching locations in the state are covered.
The Battle for the Buffalo River, Neil Compton
Under the auspices of the 1938 Flood Control Act, the U.S. Corps of Engineers began to pursue an aggressive dam-building campaign. A grateful public generally lauded their efforts, but when they turned their attention to Arkansas’s Buffalo River, the vocal opposition their proposed projects generated dumbfounded them. Never before had anyone challenged the Corps’ assumption that damming a river was an improvement. Led by Neil Compton, a physician in Bentonville, Arkansas, a group of area conservationists formed the Ozark Society to join the battle for the Buffalo. This book is the account of this decade-long struggle that drew in such political figures as U.S. Supreme Court Justice William O. Douglas, Senator J. William Fulbright, and Governor Orval Faubus. The battle finally ended in 1972 with President Richard Nixon’s designation of the Buffalo as the first national river. Drawing on hundreds of personal letters, photographs, maps, newspaper articles, and reminiscences, Compton’s lively book details the trials, gains, setbacks, and ultimate triumph in one of the first major skirmishes between environmentalists and developers.
The Diana Fritillary, Arkansas's State Butterfly, Lori A. Spencer
This beautiful color illustrated book provides a clear, concise way for children to identify Arkansas’s state butterfly, the Diana Fritillary, in its natural habitat by Lori A. Spencer. It features 28 color photographs, drawings, and other resources for children, parents, and social studies teachers.
The Buffalo River in Black and White, Compton and Heuston
These wonderfully detailed and beautifully printed photographs are about people’s adventures and discoveries: The Buffalo River and its towering bluffs, its side canyons with hidden waterfalls, its natural bridges, historic places, and more. For those who have been there, the book brings great memories. Been there or not, it can inspire you to learn more. In his essay, John Heuston tells how these photographs became powerful weapons in historic battles to keep the Buffalo River and other wonders from being spoiled. The book’s nearly 100 photographs are reproduced by the same duotone process employed for the finest books of photographic art.