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Wetland, Woodland, Wildland

Wetland, Woodland, Wildland - 2019Wetland, Woodland, Wildland book cover

A Guide to the Natural Communities of Vermont, 2nd Edition

By Elizabeth H. Thompson, Eric R. Sorenson and
Robert J. Zaino

Release date: November 11, 2019

Price: $29.95 |  ISBN: 9780977251735

This is a must-have book for anyone wanting to understand Vermont’s forests, wetlands, mountaintops, and shores. Richly illustrated with beautiful line drawings and stunning color photographs, this accessible field guide will delight outdoor explorers and armchair naturalists alike.

The bulk of the book describes Vermont’s natural communities—its northern hardwood forests, dry oak woodlands, alpine tundra, cedar swamps, bogs, and marshes—in comprehensive detail. Ecological settings, including geology, soils, climate, and natural disturbance processes, are described for each community, along with complete lists of characteristic plants and animals, as well as places to visit.

The first edition of this book, published in 2000, has become a mainstay for naturalists and students throughout Vermont and surrounding states and provinces. This second edition is completely updated to incorporate new research and a growing knowledge about natural communities, as well as a deeper understanding of climate change and its implications for conservation into the future.

Wetland, Woodland, Wildland is the definitive guide to Vermont’s natural communities, and is packed with information unavailable elsewhere. It offers practical information for naturalists, teachers, students, landowners, land managers, foresters, conservation planners, and all those with a love of nature who want to learn more about their surroundings.

Co-published by The Vermont Fish & Wildlife Department, The Nature Conservancy, and Vermont Land Trust




About the Authors

Elizabeth ThompsonElizabeth Thompson

Liz Thompson is an ecologist and botanist with a deep passion for nature and an abiding, lifelong interest in patterns of plant distribution. She is devoted to the conservation of special and wild places, and she makes that the keystone of her work. She is a conservation scientist with the Vermont Land Trust, where she brings nature conservation to the working landscape. She has also worked for The Nature Conservancy and the Vermont Natural Heritage Inventory. Liz studied botany and ecology at the University of Maine, the University of Michigan Biological Station, and the University of Vermont.

Eric SorensonEric Sorenson

Eric Sorenson works on natural community inventory and protection, and on conservation planning for Vermont and the Northeast. He is passionate about exploring the natural world, especially wild places, calcareous wetlands, and old forests. He is an ecologist with the Vermont Fish and Wildlife Department’s Natural Heritage Inventory. Eric studied wildlife biology at the University of Michigan, and plant and peatland ecology at the University of Michigan Biological Station and the University of Maine.





Robert ZainoBob Zaino

Bob Zaino is an ecologist who revels in exploring the natural world. As a scientist with the Vermont Fish and Wildlife Department, he works to understand the patterns and distributions of natural communities, and the myriad species they comprise. As a hiker, climber, and paddler, he relishes spruce-clad mountains, granite cliffs, and remote northern waters. Bob strives to connect people to nature, and to protect plants, animals, and wild places for the future. He is a graduate of Bowdoin College and has a master’s degree from the University of Vermont’s Field Naturalist Program.