Trees in Paradise: A California History

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W. W. Norton & Company, 2013. 10. 28. - 552페이지

From roots to canopy, a lush, verdant history of the making of California.

California now has more trees than at any time since the late Pleistocene. This green landscape, however, is not the work of nature. It’s the work of history. In the years after the Gold Rush, American settlers remade the California landscape, harnessing nature to their vision of the good life. Horticulturists, boosters, and civic reformers began to "improve" the bare, brown countryside, planting millions of trees to create groves, wooded suburbs, and landscaped cities. They imported the blue-green eucalypts whose tangy fragrance was thought to cure malaria. They built the lucrative "Orange Empire" on the sweet juice and thick skin of the Washington navel, an industrial fruit. They lined their streets with graceful palms to announce that they were not in the Midwest anymore.

To the north the majestic coastal redwoods inspired awe and invited exploitation. A resource in the state, the durable heartwood of these timeless giants became infrastructure, transformed by the saw teeth of American enterprise. By 1900 timber firms owned the entire redwood forest; by 1950 they had clear-cut almost all of the old-growth trees.

In time California’s new landscape proved to be no paradise: the eucalypts in the Berkeley hills exploded in fire; the orange groves near Riverside froze on cold nights; Los Angeles’s palms harbored rats and dropped heavy fronds on the streets below. Disease, infestation, and development all spelled decline for these nonnative evergreens. In the north, however, a new forest of second-growth redwood took root, nurtured by protective laws and sustainable harvesting. Today there are more California redwoods than there were a century ago.

Rich in character and story, Trees in Paradise is a dazzling narrative that offers an insightful, new perspective on the history of the Golden State and the American West.

 

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TREES IN PARADISE: A California History

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How did the Golden State become green?Early explorers in California, seeking a mythical island "adjacent to Earthly Paradise," found a landscape starkly different from today's: a savannah and ... 전체 리뷰 읽기

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Twilight of the Giants
7
The Perpetual Last Stand
60
PART
109
Immigration and Naturalization
115
Natives Aliens and Biodiversity
168
PART THREE
221
Orange revolution
227
Cultural Costs
278
Cosmopolitan Fronds
339
Aesthetic Infrastructure
384
Epilogue
431
COmmON AND SCIENTIFIC NAmES
439
FUrTHEr rEADING
445
ACkNOWLEDGmENTS
455
NOTES
465
INDEx
527

PART FOUR
333

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Jared Farmer, a Utah native and former Californian, is the author of Trees in Paradise and On Zion's Mount, a landscape history awarded the prestigious Parkman Prize for literary excellence. He teaches history at Stony Brook University and lives in Brooklyn, New York.

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