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The Forests of California: A California Field Atlas (Paperback)

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I go hiking at least once a week, so forests are a bit of an obsession of mine, and Kaufmann's latest celebration of the natural wonders of the Golden State is a joy to behold. Exquisitely painted and packed with information, it blends the personal and the ecological quite brilliantly.

— Todd

The author of the bestselling California Field Atlas has produced another masterpiece! Kaufmann tells us an epic story spanning millions of years with the aid of his signature watercolor maps and trail paintings woven together with astonishing insights about the rich biodiversity of our great state’s forests.  This book will change the way you think of our forests. --Praveen

— From Praveen


The first book of a major new trilogy from artist-naturalist Obi Kaufmann.

"A call to action ... full of beautiful watercolor renderings of both landscape and data."--Los Angeles Times

From the author of The California Field Atlas (#1 San Francisco Chronicle Best Seller) comes a major work that not only guides readers through the Golden State's forested lands, but also presents a profoundly original vision of nature in the twenty-first century. The Forests of California features an abundance of Obi Kaufmann's signature watercolor maps and trail paintings, weaving them into an expansive and accessible exploration of the biodiversity that defines California in the global imagination. Expanding on the style of the Field Atlas, Kaufmann tells an epic story that spans millions of years, nearly one hundred species of trees, and an astonishing richness of ecosystems. The Forests of California is the first volume in a planned trilogy of field atlases, with The Coasts of California and The Deserts of California to follow, and Kaufmann seeks to create nothing less than a new understanding of the more-than-human world. The lessons in this book extend well beyond California's borders. If Peter Wohlleben's The Hidden Life of Trees and Richard Powers's The Overstory opened readers' eyes to the awesome power of arboreal life, The Forests of California gives readers a unique and unprecedented immersion in that power.

Product Details
ISBN: 9781597144797
ISBN-10: 1597144797
Publisher: Heyday Books
Publication Date: September 7th, 2020
Pages: 640
Language: English