An Everyday History of Somewhere

Author: Ray Raphael

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9780939431342

Category: History

Page: 192

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Bored Feet now publishes this classic award-winning people's history of California's North Coast, an evocative blend of oral history and narrative. These stories resonate with truth. As the book's subtitle says, "Being the True Story of Indians, Deer, Homesteaders, Potatoes, Loggers, Trees, Fishersmen, Salmon & Other Living Things in the Backwoods of Northern California" Ray Raphael wrote a new preface for this 33rd anniversary edition of his first book, updating readers on some of the changes in the past one-third century.

The Tanoak Tree

Author: Frederica Bowcutt

Publisher: University of Washington Press

ISBN: 0295805935

Category: Nature

Page: 240

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Tanoak (Notholithocarpus densiflorus) is a resilient and common hardwood tree native to California and southwestern Oregon. People’s radically different perceptions of it have ranged from treasured food plant to cash crop to trash tree. Having studied the patterns of tanoak use and abuse for nearly twenty years, botanist Frederica Bowcutt uncovers a complex history of cultural, sociopolitical, and economic factors affecting the tree’s fate. Still valued by indigenous communities for its nutritious acorn nut, the tree has also been a source of raw resources for a variety of industries since white settlement of western North America. Despite ongoing protests, tanoaks are now commonly killed with herbicides in industrial forests in favor of more commercially valuable coast redwood and Douglas-fir. As one nontoxic alternative, many foresters and communities promote locally controlled, third-party certified sustainable hardwood production using tanoak, which doesn’t depend on clearcutting and herbicide use. Today tanoaks are experiencing massive die-offs due to sudden oak death, an introduced disease. Bowcutt examines the complex set of factors that set the stage for the tree’s current ecological crisis. The end of the book focuses on hopeful changes including reintroduction of low-intensity burning to reduce conifer competition for tanoaks, emerging disease resistance in some trees, and new partnerships among tanoak defenders, including botanists, foresters, Native Americans, and plant pathologists. Watch the book trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xzY7QxOiI8I

Down by the Bay

Author: Matthew Booker

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 0520355563

Category: History

Page: 294

View: 5829


San Francisco Bay is the largest and most productive estuary on the Pacific Coast of North America. It is also home to the oldest and densest urban settlements in the American West. Focusing on human inhabitation of the Bay since Ohlone times, Down by the Bay reveals the ongoing role of nature in shaping that history. From birds to oyster pirates, from gold miners to farmers, from salt ponds to ports, this is the first history of the San Francisco Bay and Delta as both a human and natural landscape. It offers invaluable context for current discussions over the best management and use of the Bay in the face of sea level rise.