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Malabar Farm

| Filed under: Environmental Studies, Forthcoming, Nature, Regional Interest
Malabar Farms by Anneliese Abbott. Cover

Anneliese Abbott tells the story of Malabar Farm within the context of the wider histories of soil conservation and other environmental movements, especially the Ohio-based organization Friends of the Land. As one of the few surviving landmarks of this movement, which became an Ohio state park in 1976, Malabar Farm provides an intriguing case study of how soil conservation began, how it was marginalized during the 1950s, and how it now continues to influence the modern idea of sustainable agriculture.

 


Peatlands of Ohio and the Southern Great Lakes Region

and | Filed under: Environmental Studies, Forthcoming, Nature, Regional Interest
Peatlands of the Southern Great Lakes Region

Peatlands—and specifically “bogs”—have long been a source of fascination for humans, and these amazing places are truly living relics of the Ice Age. More recently, bogs have come to be regarded as complex and fascinating wetland ecosystems. Peatlands of Ohio and the Southern Great Lakes Region focuses on the sphagnum peat bogs and rich fens of the lower Great Lakes states of Illinois, Indiana, Ohio, southern Michigan, and the glaciated northern corners of Pennsylvania.

 


Problem Plants of Ohio

, and | Filed under: Environmental Studies, Horticulture, Nature, Recent Releases, Regional Interest
Problem Plants of Ohio by Griffiths, Davis, and Ward. Kent State University Press

Problem Plants of Ohio is an informative guide, providing information on the identification and control of nonnative plant species formally listed as invasive or prohibited noxious weeds in Ohio. In addition, the book treats many additional species that are considered a nuisance in gardens, landscaping, or natural settings.

 


Resurrection of the Wild

| Filed under: Nature, Recent Releases
Resurrection of the Wild by Deborah Fleming. Kent State University Press.

Resurrection of the Wild: Meditations on Ohio’s Natural Landscape wins the 2020 PEN/Diamonstein-Spielvogel Award for the Art of the Essay by this year’s judges—Jelani Cobb, Daniel Menaker, and Judith Thurman!

 


Discovery and Renewal on Huffman Prairie

| Filed under: Award Winners, History, Nature, Recent Releases, Regional Interest
Discovery and Renewal on Huffman Prairie by David Nolin. Kent State University Press.

In 1903 Orville and Wilbur Wright returned to their hometown of Dayton, Ohio, from North Carolina, where they had piloted their powered flying machine for several short flights. They wanted to continue their research closer to home and chose a flat expanse called Huffman Prairie, eight miles east of Dayton, to continue their experiments. Here, in 1904 and 1905, the brothers refined their machine, creating the world’s first practical powered aircraft.

 


Teaching Hemingway and the Natural World

| Filed under: Hemingway Studies, Nature, Teaching Hemingway
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Ernest Hemingway is a writer we often associate with particular places and animals; Michigan’s Upper Peninsula, Spain’s countryside, East Africa’s game reserves, Cuba’s blue water, and Idaho’s sagebrush all come to mind. We can easily visualize the iconic images of Hemingway with fly rod bent by hefty trout, with bulls charging matadors, or of the famous author proudly posing with trophy lions, marlin, and a menagerie of Western American game animals.

 


The Prairie Peninsula

and | Filed under: Nature, Photography
Meszaros Prairie Cover

With text by coauthors Gary Meszaros and Guy L. Denny and striking photographs by Meszaros, The Prairie Peninsula examines the many prairie types, floristic composition, and animals that are part of this ecosystem. It took only 50 years for 150 million acres of tallgrass prairie to disappear under the steel plow, transforming the Prairie Peninsula into fields of corn and wheat. Today, only a few thousand acres of this endangered ecosystem remain in small parcels, some just a few acres each. The second half of the 19th century brought the mass slaughter of prairie wildlife. By 1900, like the prairie they roamed, the plains bison, gray wolf, and eastern elk became extirpated east of the Mississippi River.

 


The Cleveland Herbal, Botanical, and Horticultural Collections

| Filed under: Nature
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More than 970 rare books, dating from 1479 to 1830 and covering such categories as gardening, herbals, botanical books and landscape architecture are catalogued in this bibliography.

 


Cuyahoga Valley National Park Handbook-2nd Edition

| Filed under: Nature, Regional Interest
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Stretching between Cleveland and Akron in heavily urban northeastern Ohio, Cuyahoga Valley National Park has been called a “Green-Shrouded Miracle,” preserving precious green space and offering a retreat to more than two million visitors each year. It is a refuge for native plants and wildlife and provides routes of discovery for visitors. The winding Cuyahoga River gives way to deep forests, rolling hills, and open farmlands.

 


Native Fishes of Ohio

and | Filed under: Nature, Regional Interest
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Ohio’s original heavily forested landscape included glacial lakes, large rivers, and streams that teemed with an abundant variety of fish, most of which remain resident today. Native Fishes of Ohio documents the more than 130 species originally found in the state and describes how their aquatic habitats have evolved as a result of agriculture and industrial development.

 


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