The Wildfire Reader
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The Wildfire Reader presents, in an affordable paperback edition, the essays included in Wildfire, offering a concise overview of fire landscapes and the past century of forest policy that has affected them.
During the summer of 2000, Americans from coast to coast witnessed the worst fire season in recorded history. Daily news reports brought dramatic images of vast swaths of land going up in smoke, from the mountains of Montana and Wyoming, to the scrublands of Texas, to Los Alamos, New Mexico, where a controlled burn gone awry threatened forests, homes, and even our nation's nuclear secrets. As they have for centuries, wildfires captured our attention and our imagination, reminding us of the power of the natural forces that shape our world. In Wildfire: A Reader nature writer and wildland firefighter Alianor True gathers together for the first time some of the finest stories and essays ever written about wildfire in America. From Mark Twain to Norman Maclean to Edward Abbey, writers featured here depict and record wildfires with remarkable depth and clarity. An ecological perspective is well represented through the works of John Muir, Aldo Leopold, and John McPhee. Ed Engle, Louise Wagenknecht, and Gretchen Yost, firefighters from the front lines, give us exciting first-person perspectives, reliving their on-the-ground encounters with forest fires. The works gathered in Wildfire not only explore the sensory and aesthetic aspects of fire, but also highlight how much attitudes have changed over the past 200 years. From Native Americans who used fire as a tool, to early Americans who viewed it as a frightening and destructive force, to Aldo Leopold and other conservationists whose ideas caused us to rethink the value and role of fire, this rich collection is organized around those shifts in thinking. Capturing the fury and the heat of a raging inferno, or the quiet emergence of wildflowers sprouting from ashes, the writings included in Wildfire represent a vital and compelling addition to the nature writing and natural history bookshelf.
Newbery Honor author Rodman Philbrick sends readers straight into the nightmare of a raging wildfire as 12-year-old Sam is trapped by explosive flames and deadly smoke that threaten to take his life. Can he survive?
Strong reading skills are the basis of school success, and Spectrum Reading for grade 8 will help children triumph over language arts and beyond. This standards-based workbook uses engaging text to support understanding knowledge integration, key ideas, story structure, and details. Spectrum Reading will help your child improve their reading habits and strengthen their ability to understand and analyze text. This best-selling series is a favorite of parents and teachers because it is carefully designed to be both effective and engaging—the perfect building blocks for a lifetime of learning.
NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC LEARNING READER, ENVIRONMENT: OUR IMPACT ON THE EARTH is part of a ground-breaking new National Geographic Learning series that brings learning to life by featuring compelling images, media, and text from National Geographic. The National Geographic articles gathered in this reader offer students insight in to environmental concerns worldwide. Pre- and Post- reading pedagogy accompanies each article to reinforce reading skills and comprehension. The National Geographic Learning Reading Series connects current topics with reading and writing skills, and can be used in conjunction with any standard texts or online material available for your courses. Important Notice: Media content referenced within the product description or the product text may not be available in the ebook version.
GREEN is a part of a ground-breaking new series, the National Geographic Learning Reader Series. This series brings learning to life by featuring compelling images, media and text from National Geographic. Through this engaging content, students develop a clearer understanding of the world around them. Published in a variety of subject areas, the National Geographic Learning Reader Series connects key topics to authentic examples and can be used in conjunction with most standard texts or online materials available for your courses. Access to a media-enhanced eBook is included with each reader. The twelve articles in this single-themed reader are inspired by our changing relationship with the earth, based on an understanding that the planet’s resources are finite and that our future depends on preserving them. While the term green signifies a level of awareness about environmental concerns, it is used here in the broadest sense, to draw students’ attention to the state of the planet and to promote discourse on how to address the needs of the human population as well as the ecosystems that sustain life in our world. To what extent we see ourselves as members of a global community and to rethink how we will meet the growing needs of our population in the future are the two central questions this collection asks readers to consider critically. Important Notice: Media content referenced within the product description or the product text may not be available in the ebook version.
Since the publication of the first edition in 2000, Sustainable Landscape Construction has helped to spur a movement towards resilient outdoor environments, in the U.S. and throughout the world. The third edition has been updated to include important recent developments in this landscape revolution. It remains essential reading for everyone with an interest in "green" design of outdoor spaces and infrastructures. Like its predecessors, the new edition of Sustainable Landscape Construction is organized around principles, recognizing that built environments, and our work in them, pose both pragmatic and ethical challenges. Each chapter focuses on one overarching site goal, such as "Pave Less,” "Heal Injured Sites,” and "Consider Origin and Fate of Materials.” These principles of land sustainability are clearly articulated and developed through specific examples of more than 100 projects from around the world, reflecting both traditions and recent innovations. Expanded coverage of industry trends toward performance monitoring, and of lessons from project failures, form an important enhancement in this edition. New content also details the necessity to plan adaptively, not just preventively, for the realities of changing climate and intensifying weather. Some of the trends covered will shift how landscape architects and contractors will do business in challenging years ahead: to survive, many professionals and clients will focus on restoration projects, motivated by ecosystem services and social justice, and funded by innovative methods. Sustainable Landscape Construction is part of the canon of landscape construction texts, and with this update, remains a visionary, one of a kind reference for professionals and students.
'Into the Wildfire' encompasses topics such as abandonment, insecurity, abuse, self-love, reinvention, companionship, and independence. People come and go, but the impact that they leave on us deserves to be celebrated. 'Mourning Departures', the first in the 'Into the Wildfire' series, helps readers mourn and acknowledge those who did not stay. This book series is written to hold the hand of the reader while they discover their own way to conquer hardship.
The Man She Could Never Forget by Meredith Webber Returning to Wildfire Island is bittersweet for Nurse Caroline Lockhart. It stopped feeling like home the moment her first love, Keanu Russell, walked out of her life. Keanu can’t change the past, but maybe he can convince her they do have a future...