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      41.

      GRASS, SOIL, HOPE: A JOURNEY THROUGH CARBON COUNTRY

      Courtney White
      Paperback

      Price: $19.95

      This book tackles an increasingly crucial question: What can we do about the seemingly intractable challenges confronting all of humanity today, including climate change, global hunger, water scarcity…

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      This book tackles an increasingly crucial question: What can we do about the seemingly intractable challenges confronting all of humanity today, including climate change, global hunger, water scarcity, environmental stress and economic instability?

      The quick answers are: Build topsoil. Fix creeks. Eat meat from pasture-raised animals. Soil scientists maintain that a mere 2 percent increase in the carbon content of the planet's soils could offset 100 percent of all greenhouse gas emissions going into the atmosphere. But how could this be accomplished? What would it cost? Is it even possible?

      Yes, says author Courtney White, it is not only possible, but essential for the long-term health and sustainability of our environment and our economy.

      Right now, the only possibility of large-scale removal of greenhouse gases from the atmosphere is through plant photosynthesis and related land-based carbon sequestration activities. These include a range of already existing, low-tech, and proven practices: composting, no-till farming, climate-friendly livestock practices, conserving natural habitat, restoring degraded watersheds and rangelands, increasing biodiversity, and producing local food.

      In Grass, Soil, Hope, the author shows how all these practical strategies can be bundled together into an economic and ecological whole, with the aim of reducing atmospheric CO2 while producing substantial co-benefits for all living things. Soil is a huge natural sink for carbon dioxide. If we can draw increasing amounts of carbon out of the atmosphere and store it safely in the soil, we can significantly address all the multiple challenges that now appear so intractable.


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      THE URBAN BESTIARY

      Lyanda Lynn Haupt
      Hardcover

      Price: $27.00

      In The Urban Bestiary, acclaimed nature writer Lyanda Lynn Haupt journeys into the heart of the everyday wild, where coyotes, raccoons, chickens, hawks and humans live in closer proximity than ever be…

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      In The Urban Bestiary, acclaimed nature writer Lyanda Lynn Haupt journeys into the heart of the everyday wild, where coyotes, raccoons, chickens, hawks and humans live in closer proximity than ever before. Haupt's observations bring compelling new questions to light: Whose "home" is this? Where does the wild end and the city begin? And what difference does it make to us as humans living our everyday lives? In this wholly original blend of science, story, myth and memoir, Haupt draws us into the secret world of the wild creatures that dwell among us in our urban neighborhoods, whether we are aware of them or not. With beautiful illustrations and practical sidebars on everything from animal tracking to opossum removal, The Urban Bestiary is a lyrical book that awakens wonder, delight and respect for the urban wild, and our place within it.


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      GUIDE TO WILD FOODS AND USEFUL PLANTS

      Christopher Nyerges
      Paperback

      Price: $24.95

      An array of abundant wild foods is available to hikers, campers, foragers or anyone interested in living closer to the earth. But Guide to Wild Foods and Useful Plants is more than a listing of plant …

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      An array of abundant wild foods is available to hikers, campers, foragers or anyone interested in living closer to the earth. But Guide to Wild Foods and Useful Plants is more than a listing of plant types-it teaches how to recognize edible plants and where to find them, their medicinal and nutritional properties, and their growing cycles. Christopher Nyerges, a leading expert on wild foods and a well-known teacher of survival skills, includes in this new edition of the book more than 70 plants found all around the United States. Accompanying them are more than 100 full-color photos, plus handy leaf, fruit and seed keys to help readers identify the plants. You'll also discover fascinating folklore about plants, Nyerges' personal anecdotes about trips and meals, and simple and tasty recipes.


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      HOW TO STAY ALIVE IN THE WOODS

      Bradford Angier
      Hardcover

      Price: $19.95

      How to Stay Alive in the Woods is a practical, readable and potentially indispensable manual for anyone venturing into the great outdoors.

      Broken down into four essential sections (Susten…

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      How to Stay Alive in the Woods is a practical, readable and potentially indispensable manual for anyone venturing into the great outdoors.

      Broken down into four essential sections (Sustenance, Warmth, Orientation and Safety), this enlightening guide reveals how to catch game without a gun, what plants to eat (full-color illustrations of these make identification simple), how to build a warm shelter, make clothing, protect yourself and signal for help. Detailed illustrations and expanded instructions, newly commissioned for this deluxe edition, offer crucial information at a glance, making How to Stay Alive in the Woods truly a lifesaver.


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      OPPORTUNITY, MONTANA

      Brad Tyer
      Paperback

      Price: $18.00

      In 2002, Texas journalist Brad Tyer strapped a canoe on his truck and moved to Montana, a state that has long exerted a mythic pull on America's imagination as an unspoiled landscape. The son of an en…

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      In 2002, Texas journalist Brad Tyer strapped a canoe on his truck and moved to Montana, a state that has long exerted a mythic pull on America's imagination as an unspoiled landscape. The son of an engineer who reclaimed wastewater, Tyer was looking for a pristine river to call his own. What he found instead was a century's worth of industrial poison clotting the Clark Fork River, a decades-long engineering project to clean it up, and a forgotten town named Opportunity.

      At the turn of the nineteenth century, Montana exploited the richest copper deposits in the world, fueling the electric growth of twentieth-century America and building some of the nation's most outlandish fortunes. The toxic byproduct of those fortunes-what didn't spill into the river-was dumped in Opportunity.
      In the twenty-first century, Montana's draw is no longer metal, but landscape: the blue-ribbon trout streams and unspoiled wilderness of the nation's "last best place." To match reality to the myth, affluent exurbanites and well-meaning environmentalists are trying to restore the Clark Fork River to its "natural state." In the process, millions of tons of toxic soils are being removed and dumped-once again-in Opportunity. As Tyer investigates Opportunity's history, he wrestles with questions of environmental justice and the ethics of burdening one community with an entire region's waste.

      Stalled at the intersection of a fading extractive economy and a fledgling restoration boom, Opportunity's story is a secret history of the American Dream, and a key to understanding the country's-and increasingly the globe's-demand for modern convenience.

      As Tyer explores the degradations of the landscape, he also probes the parallel emotional geography of familial estrangement. Part personal history and part reportorial narrative, Opportunity, Montana is a story of progress and its price, of copper and water, of father and son, and of our attempts to redeem the mistakes of the past.


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      HUMMINGBIRDS

      M. Fogden, M. Taylor
      Hardcover

      Price: $29.99

      Hummingbirds have always held popular appeal, with their visual brilliance, extraordinary flight dexterity, jewel-like color and remarkably small size.

      Hummingbirds: A Life-Size Guide to Ev…

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      Hummingbirds have always held popular appeal, with their visual brilliance, extraordinary flight dexterity, jewel-like color and remarkably small size.

      Hummingbirds: A Life-Size Guide to Every Species is the first book to profile all 338 known species, from the Saw-billed Hermit to the Scintillant Hummingbird.

      Every bird is shown life-size in glorious full-color photographs Each species profile includes a flight map and key statistics, as well as information about behavior, plumage and habitat.

      This authoritative guide has been annotated by the world's leading experts on hummingbirds and features a foreword by renowned birding author Pete Dunne.


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      SUPERFOOD JUICES

      Julie Morris
      Hardcover

      Price: $16.95

      Juice it up, and start glowing … inside and out! Julie Morris, author of the best-selling Superfood Smoothies, serves up a fresh, ultra-healthy take on juicing with 100 flavorful recipes. Incorporatin…

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      Juice it up, and start glowing … inside and out! Julie Morris, author of the best-selling Superfood Smoothies, serves up a fresh, ultra-healthy take on juicing with 100 flavorful recipes. Incorporating antioxidant- and vitamin-rich powerhouses such as açai, chia, ginger and kale, these drinks cleanse, energize and rejuvenate with every sip. Learn countless secrets that will take your juicing to the next level, with more healthy benefits and delicious rewards!


      48.

      NATURE'S FORTUNE

      Mark Tercek, Jonathan Adams
      Hardcover

      Price: $26.99

      What is nature worth? The answer to this question, which traditionally has been framed in environmental terms, is revolutionizing the way we do business.

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      What is nature worth? The answer to this question, which traditionally has been framed in environmental terms, is revolutionizing the way we do business.

      Mark Tercek, the CEO of The Nature Conservancy and a former investment banker, and science writer Jonathan Adams argue that nature is not only the foundation of human well-being, but also the smartest commercial investment any business or government can make. In Nature’s Fortune, they demonstrate that forests, floodplains and oyster reefs (often seen simply as raw materials or obstacles to be cleared in the name of progress) are as important to our future prosperity as technology, law or business innovation.

      Who invests in nature, and why? What rates of return can it produce? When is protecting nature a good investment? With stories from the South Pacific to the California coast, from the Andes to the Gulf of Mexico and even to New York City, Nature’s Fortune shows how viewing nature as green infrastructure allows for breakthroughs not only in conservation (protecting water supplies; enhancing the health of fisheries; making cities more sustainable, livable and safe; and dealing with unavoidable climate change), but in economic progress, as well. Organizations obviously depend on the environment for key resources: water, trees and land. But they can also reap substantial commercial benefits in the form of risk mitigation, cost reduction, new investment opportunities, and the protection of assets. Once leaders learn how to account for nature in financial terms, they can incorporate that value into the organization’s decisions and activities, just as habitually as they consider cost, revenue and return on investment.

      A must-read for business leaders, CEOs, investors and environmentalists alike, Nature’s Fortune offers an essential guide to the world’s economic (and environmental) well-being.


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      NATURE WARS

      Jim Sterba
      Paperback

      Price: $14.95

      For 400 years, explorers, traders, and settlers plundered North American wildlife in an escalating rampage, but in the 20th century an incredible turnaround took place. Conservationists created wildli…

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      For 400 years, explorers, traders, and settlers plundered North American wildlife in an escalating rampage, but in the 20th century an incredible turnaround took place. Conservationists created wildlife sanctuaries, restored habitats, and imposed regulations on hunters and trappers. Over decades, they nursed many wild populations back to health.

      Then, after World War II, something happened that conservationists hadn’t foreseen: sprawl. People moved into suburbs, and then kept moving outward. All the while, well-meaning efforts to protect animals allowed wild populations to burgeon out of control, causing damage costing billions, degrading ecosystems, and touching off disputes that polarized communities. The result is a mix of people and wildlife that should be an animal-lover’s dream, but often turns into a sprawl-dweller’s nightmare.

      Deeply researched, eloquently written, and perceptively humorous, Nature Wars expresses the need for organic reconnection with our natural ecosystem by offering a provocative look at how Americans created an inadvertent mess.


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      EDIBLE WILD PLANTS

      John Kallas
      Paperback

      Price: $24.99

      Imagine what you could do with 18 delicious new greens in your dining arsenal, including purslane, chickweed, curly dock, wild spinach, sorrel and wild mustard.

      John Kallas makes it fun and easy to lea…

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      Imagine what you could do with 18 delicious new greens in your dining arsenal, including purslane, chickweed, curly dock, wild spinach, sorrel and wild mustard.

      John Kallas makes it fun and easy to learn about foods you've unknowingly passed by all your life. Through gorgeous photographs, playful (but authoritative) text and ground-breaking design, he gives you the knowledge and confidence to finally begin eating and enjoying edible wild plants.

      Edible Wild Plants divides plants into four flavor categories: foundation, tart, pungent and bitter. Categorizing by flavor helps readers use these greens in pleasing ways and make the best salads.

      This field guide is essential for anyone wanting to incorporate more natural and whole foods into their diet. It includes nutrient tables that directly compare wild foods to domesticated greens. Whether looking to enhance a diet or identify which plants can be eaten for survival, readers can use the extensive information on wild foods to determine the appropriate stage of growth and how to properly prepare these highly nutritious greens.

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