The Natural Communities of Georgia

Edited by Jonathan Ambrose, L. Katherine Kirkman and Leslie Edwards

Photographs by Carol Nourse and Hugh Nourse

Title Details

Pages: 800

Trim Size: 215.900mm x 279.400mm x 45.720mm

Formats

Hardcover

Pub Date: 02/25/2013

ISBN: 9-780-8203-3021-1

List Price: $59.95

Subsidies and Partnerships

Published with the generous support of AGL Resources Foundation

The Natural Communities of Georgia

Edited by Jonathan Ambrose, L. Katherine Kirkman and Leslie Edwards

Photographs by Carol Nourse and Hugh Nourse

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The Natural Communities of Georgia presents a comprehensive overview of the state's natural landscapes, providing an ecological context to enhance understanding of this region's natural history.

Georgia boasts an impressive range of natural communities, assemblages of interacting species that have either been minimally impacted by modern human activities or have successfully recovered from them. This guide makes the case that identifying these distinctive communities and the factors that determine their distribution are central to understanding Georgia's ecological diversity and the steps necessary for its conservation.

Within Georgia's five major ecoregions the editors identify and describe a total of sixty-six natural communities, such as the expansive salt marshes of the barrier islands in the Maritime ecoregion, the fire-driven longleaf pine woodlands of the Coastal Plain, the beautiful granite outcrops of the Piedmont, the rare prairies of the Ridge and Valley, and the diverse coves of the Blue Ridge.

The description of each natural community includes Traits that make it interesting and significant Physical factors and ecological processes that determine the distribution and characteristics of each community Typical plant communities Representative or noteworthy animals Sidebars that discuss particularly interesting features
With contributions from scientists who have managed, researched, and written about Georgia landscapes for decades, the guide features more than four hundred color photographs that reveal the stunning natural beauty and diversity of the state. The book also explores conservation issues, including rare or declining species, current and future threats to specific areas, and research needs, and provides land management strategies for preserving, restoring, and maintaining biotic communities.

The Natural Communities of Georgia is an essential reference for ecologists and other scientists, as well as a rich resource for Georgians interested in the region's natural heritage.

Major support for this project was provided by the AGL Resources Foundation. Additional support was provided by the Georgia Department of Natural Resources, Wildlife Resources Division. In-kind support was provided by the Joseph W. Jones Ecological Research Center at Ichauway and Georgia State University.

Back in the late 1970s, the late Dr. Charles Wharton, one of Georgia's most respected naturalists, published Natural Environments of Georgia. . . . Now, inspired by Wharton's earlier work, three of Georgia's top naturalists-Leslie Edwards, Jonathan Ambrose, and Katherine Kirkman-have led a collaborative effort to update, expand and refine the classifications and descriptions of the state's natural habitats. The result is a magnificent new book, the Natural Communities of Georgia, published by the University of Georgia Press.

—Charles Seabrook, Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Anyone interested in Georgia's natural places, plants, and animals will find a treasure trove in this book. But once you open it up, don't expect to sit around for long. You may find that, like me, you now desperately want to visit all 66 of these natural communities.

—Grant McCreary, Atlanta Audubon

With contributions from scientists who have managed, researched, and written about Georgia landscapes for decades, the guide features more than four hundred color photographs that reveal the stunning natural beauty and diversity of the state. . . . Natural Communities is an essential reference for ecologists and other scientists, as well as a rich resource for Georgians interested in the regions natural heritage.

Southeastern Naturalist

The Natural Communities of Georgia is an exciting, detailed portrait of our state's natural environment. . . . This book, sound in its science, will intrigue readers of every age and interest: from fisherman to hikers to farmers and gardeners.

—M. C. Tufts, Northeast Georgia Living

Bradford Winn

Carlos D. Camp

James Renner

Jerry McCollum

John Costello

Ken Terrell

Kevin McIntyre

Michael Morris

Mincy Moffett

Nathan A. Klaus

Philip Freshley

Sean Beeching

Timothy S. Keyes

Todd M. Schneider

Woody Hicks

About the Author/Editor

Carol Nourse (Photographer)
CAROL NOURSE, with her spouse and longtime partner, Hugh Nourse, has published photographs and writings about wildflowers in American Gardener, Backpacker, Nature Photographer, and Wildflower magazines. The Nourses have also lectured widely on the subject. Volunteer photographers for the State Botanical Garden of Georgia, they were named Volunteers of the Year for the Garden in 1997.

Hugh Nourse (Photographer)
HUGH NOURSE, with his spouse and longtime partner, Carol Nourse, has published photographs and writings about wildflowers in American Gardener, Backpacker, Nature Photographer, and Wildflower magazines. The Nourses have also lectured widely on the subject. Volunteer photographers for the State Botanical Garden of Georgia, they were named Volunteers of the Year for the Garden in 1997.