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Among the Ancients
Among the Ancients

Among the Ancients

Adventures in the Eastern Old-Growth Forests


256 Pages, 6 x 9

Formats: Trade Paper, EPUB, Mobipocket, PDF

Trade Paper, $17.95 (US $17.95) (CA $21.95)

Publication Date: May 2011

ISBN 9780983011101

Rights: US & CA

Ruka Press (May 2011)


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Finalist for the Eric Hoffer Award A natural history primer packed with travel ideas, this tour of 26 old-growth forests—one in each state east of the Mississippi River and all open to the public—aims to dispel the misconception that these forests are located only on the west coast. With intelligence and lyricism, the book highlights the adventure in getting to each forest and what visitors will find when they arrive. From giant hemlock groves in Pennsylvania to a lonely stand of pines in Wisconsin, each journey provides face-to-face experiences with forests containing majestic trees and a rich diversity of life. As an impassioned plea to preserve and support the few untouched stretches of forest that remain, the discussion touches upon the perseverance of these locations despite modern development, as well as the vital link between old-growth forests and humanity’s own survival.


“This is a guide that could change your life, or at least the way you see America. Joan Maloof takes you on ecological, spiritual, and aesthetic tramps through the very best that remains of the eastern forest.” —Tom Horton, author, An Island Out of Time and Turning the Tide: Saving the Chesapeake Bay

“A gift for people from all walks of life. It is a guidebook not only to beautiful, sacred places, but also to reconnecting to the reverence for our beautiful planet we call home.” —Julia Butterfly Hill, author, The Legacy of Luna

Author Biography

Joan Maloof is professor emeritus of biology and environmental studies at Salisbury University and director of the nonprofit Old Growth Forest Network. She lives in Quantico, Maryland.