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The Best Books About Forests & Forestry

“What are the best books about Forests and Forestry?” We looked at 235 of the top Forestry books, aggregating and ranking them so we could answer that very question!

This list isn’t too different from our post about the best Tree Books, but where that one focused more on trees as individuals, this one focuses more on forests and forestry as a whole (with some fiction mixed in), also several about just  trees as individuals as well (we like trees, whatever!). The top 18 books, all appearing on 2 or more lists, are below with images, descriptions, and links. The remaining 200+ books, as well as the articles we used, are in alphabetical order at the bottom of the page.

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Top 18 Forest & Forestry Books



18 .) Among the Ancients: Adventures in the Eastern Old-Growth Forests by Joan Maloof

Lists It Appears On:

  • Old Growth Forest Network
  • Goodreads

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.

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17 .) Ancient Forests of the Pacific Northwest by Elliott A. Norse

Lists It Appears On:

  • Goodreads
  • Goodreads 3

Ancient Forests of the Pacific Northwest provides a global context for what is happening in the Pacific Northwest, analyzing the remaining ancient forest and the threats to it from atmospheric changes and logging. It shows how human tampering affects an ecosystem, and how the Pacific Northwest could become a model for sustainable forestry worldwide.

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16 .) Arboriculture: Integrated Management of Landscape Trees, Shrubs, and Vines by Richard W. Harris

Lists It Appears On:

  • Thought Co.
  • Goodreads

For Landscape Horticulture, Arboriculture, Urban Forestry, and Landscape Architecture courses at the undergraduate level. Regarded by many as an irreplaceable reference tool, this comprehensive, analytic, and logically organized guide describes current and new woody landscape plant selection and maintenance practices and evaluates them based on the most recent research and experience.

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15 .) Fire Season: Field Notes from a Wilderness Lookout by Philip Connors

Lists It Appears On:

  • BookRenter
  • Goodreads

Phillip Connors is a major new voice in American nonfiction, and his remarkable debut, Fire Season, is destined to become a modern classic. An absorbing chronicle of the days and nights of one of the last fire lookouts in the American West, Fire Season is a marvel of a book, as rugged and soulful as Matthew Crawford’s bestselling Shop Class as Soulcraft, and it immediately places Connors in the august company of Edward Abbey, Annie Dillard, Aldo Leopold, Barry Lopez, and others in the respected fraternity of hard-boiled nature writers.

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14 .) Reading the Forested Landscape: A Natural History of New England by Tom Wessels

Lists It Appears On:

  • Goodreads 2
  • Goodreads 3

An intrepid sleuth and articulate tutor, Wessels teaches us to read a landscape the way we might solve a mystery. What exactly is the meaning of all those stone walls in the middle of the forest? Why do beech and birch trees have smooth bark when the bark of all other northern species is rough? How do you tell the age of a beaver pond and determine if beavers still live there? Why are pine trees dominant in one patch of forest and maples in another? What happened to the American chestnut? Turn to this book for the answers, and no walk in the woods will ever be the same.

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13 .) The Fate of the Forest by Alexander Cockburn

Lists It Appears On:

  • Forestry Degree
  • Goodreads

“The Amazon rain forest covers more than five million square kilometers, amid the territories of nine different nations. It represents over half of the planet’s remaining rain forest. Is it truly in peril? What steps are necessary to save it? To understand the future of Amazonia, one must know how its history was forged: in the eras of large pre-Columbian populations, in the gold rush of conquistadors, in centuries of slavery, in the schemes of Brazil’s military dictators in the 1960s and 1970s, and in new globalized economies where Brazilian soy and beef now dominate, while the market in carbon credits raises the value of standing forest.

Susanna Hecht and Alexander Cockburn show in compelling detail the panorama of destruction as it unfolded, and also reveal the extraordinary turnaround that is now taking place, thanks to both the social movements, and the emergence of new environmental markets. Exploring the role of human hands in destroying—and saving—this vast forested region, The Fate of the Forest pivots on the murder of Chico Mendes, the legendary labor and environmental organizer assassinated after successful confrontations with big ranchers. A multifaceted portrait of Eden under siege, complete with a new preface and afterword by the authors, this book demonstrates that those who would hold a mirror up to nature must first learn the lessons offered by some of their own people.”

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12 .) The Forest Unseen: A Year’s Watch in Nature by David George Haskell

Lists It Appears On:

  • Goodreads
  • Goodreads 2

“In this wholly original book, biologist David Haskell uses a one- square-meter patch of old-growth Tennessee forest as a window onto the entire natural world. Visiting it almost daily for one year to trace nature’s path through the seasons, he brings the forest and its inhabitants to vivid life.

Each of this book’s short chapters begins with a simple observation: a salamander scuttling across the leaf litter; the first blossom of spring wildflowers. From these, Haskell spins a brilliant web of biology and ecology, explaining the science that binds together the tiniest microbes and the largest mammals and describing the ecosystems that have cycled for thousands- sometimes millions-of years. Each visit to the forest presents a nature story in miniature as Haskell elegantly teases out the intricate relationships that order the creatures and plants that call it home.”

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11 .) The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien

Lists It Appears On:

  • Tor
  • Goodreads 2

Bilbo Baggins is a hobbit who enjoys a comfortable, unambitious life, rarely traveling any farther than his pantry or cellar. But his contentment is disturbed when the wizard Gandalf and a company of dwarves arrive on his doorstep one day to whisk him away on an adventure. They have launched a plot to raid the treasure hoard guarded by Smaug the Magnificent, a large and very dangerous dragon. Bilbo reluctantly joins their quest, unaware that on his journey to the Lonely Mountain he will encounter both a magic ring and a frightening creature known as Gollum.

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10 .) The Magic Faraway Tree by Enid Blyton

Lists It Appears On:

  • Tor
  • Goodreads 2

The Magic Faraway Tree is the second story in the Faraway Tree series by the world’s best-loved children’s author, Enid Blyton. When Joe, Beth and Frannie move to a new home, an Enchanted Wood is on their doorstep. And when they discover the Faraway Tree, it proves to be the beginning of many magical adventures! Join them and their friends Moonface, Saucepan Man and Silky the fairy as they discover which new land is at the top of the Faraway Tree. Will it be the Land of Spells, the Land of Treats, or the Land of Do-As-You-Please? Come on an amazing adventure – there’ll be adventures waiting whatever happens. Enid Blyton’s funny, magical adventure stories have become true classics, loved by millions and still selling thousands of copies every year.

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9 .) The Tree: A Natural History of What Trees Are, How They Live & Why They Matter by Colin Tudge

Lists It Appears On:

  • Goodreads
  • Goodreads 3

“There are redwoods in California that were ancient by the time Columbus first landed, and pines still alive that germinated around the time humans invented writing. There are Douglas firs as tall as skyscrapers, and a banyan tree in Calcutta as big as a football field.

From the tallest to the smallest, trees inspire wonder in all of us, and in The Tree, Colin Tudge travels around the world—throughout the United States, the Costa Rican rain forest, Panama and Brazil, India, New Zealand, China, and most of Europe—bringing to life stories and facts about the trees around us: how they grow old, how they eat and reproduce, how they talk to one another (and they do), and why they came to exist in the first place. He considers the pitfalls of being tall; the things that trees produce, from nuts and rubber to wood; and even the complicated debt that we as humans owe them.

Tudge takes us to the Amazon in flood, when the water is deep enough to submerge the forest entirely and fish feed on fruit while river dolphins race through the canopy. He explains the “memory” of a tree: how those that have been shaken by wind grow thicker and sturdier, while those attacked by pests grow smaller leaves the following year; and reveals how it is that the same trees found in the United States are also native to China (but not Europe).

From tiny saplings to centuries-old redwoods and desert palms, from the backyards of the American heartland to the rain forests of the Amazon and the bamboo forests, Colin Tudge takes the reader on a journey through history and illuminates our ever-present but often ignored companions. A blend of history, science, philosophy, and environmentalism, The Tree is an engaging and elegant look at the life of the tree and what modern research tells us about their future.”

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8 .) The Word for World is Forest by Ursula K. Le Guin

Lists It Appears On:

  • Tor
  • Goodreads 2

“The Word for World is Forest

When the inhabitants of a peaceful world are conquered by the bloodthirsty yumens, their existence is irrevocably altered. Forced into servitude, the Athsheans find themselves at the mercy of their brutal masters.

Desperation causes the Athsheans, led by Selver, to retaliate against their captors, abandoning their strictures against violence. But in defending their lives, they have endangered the very foundations of their society. For every blow against the invaders is a blow to the humanity of the Athsheans. And once the killing starts, there is no turning back.”

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7 .) Walden, or Life in the Woods by Henry David Thoreau

Lists It Appears On:

  • Goodreads 2
  • The Guardian

A reflection upon simple living in natural surroundings. The work is part personal declaration of independence, social experiment, voyage of spiritual discovery, satire, and manual for self-reliance.

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6 .) Where the Wild Things Are by Maurice Sendak

Lists It Appears On:

  • The Guardian
  • Goodreads 2

One night Max puts on his wolf suit and makes mischief of one kind and another, so his mother calls him ‘Wild Thing’ and sends him to bed without his supper. That night a forest begins to grow in Max’s room and an ocean rushes by with a boat to take Max to the place where the wild things are. Max tames the wild things and crowns himself as their king, and then the wild rumpus begins. But when Max has sent the monsters to bed, and everything is quiet, he starts to feel lonely and realises it is time to sail home to the place where someone loves him best of all.

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5 .) Wildwood: A Journey through Trees by Roger Deakin

Lists It Appears On:

  • Goodreads
  • Goodreads 3

Roger Deakin’s Wildwood is a much loved classic of nature writing Wildwood is about the element wood, as it exists in nature, in our souls, in our culture and our lives. From the walnut tree at his Suffolk home, Roger Deakin embarks upon a quest that takes him through Britain, across Europe, to Central Asia and Australia, in search of what lies behind man’s profound and enduring connection with wood and with trees. Meeting woodlanders of all kinds, he lives in shacks and cabins, travels in search of the wild apple groves of Kazakhstan, goes coppicing in Suffolk, swims beneath the walnut trees of the Haut-Languedoc, and hunts bush plums with Aboriginal women in the outback. Perfect for fans of Robert Macfarlane and Colin Tudge, Roger Deakin’s unmatched exploration of our relationship with trees is autobiography, history, traveller’s tale and incisive work in natural history. It will take you into the heart of the woods, where we go ‘to grow, learn and change’ ‘Enthralling’ Will Self, New Statesman ‘Extraordinary . . . some of the finest naturalist writing for many years’ Independent ‘Masterful, fascinating, excellent’ Guardian ‘An excellent read – lyrical and literate and full of social and historical insights of all kinds’ Colin Tudge, Financial Times ‘Enchanting, very funny, every page carries a fascinating nugget. Should serve to make us appreciate more keenly all that we have here on earth . . . one of the greatest of all nature writers’ Craig Brown, Mail on Sunday ‘Breathtaking, vividly written . . . reading Wildwood is an elegiac experience’ Sunday Times Roger Deakin, who died in August 2006, shortly after completing the manuscript for Wildwood, was a writer, broadcaster and film-maker with a particular interest in nature and the environment. He lived for many years in Suffolk, where he swam regularly in his moat, in the river Waveney and in the sea, in between travelling widely through the landscapes he writes about in Wildwood. He is the author of Waterlog, Wildwood and Notes from Walnut Tree Farm.

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4 .) Forest Measurements by Thomas Eugene Avery

Lists It Appears On:

  • Forestry Degree
  • Goodreads
  • BookRenter

“Continuing a tradition of excellence spanning over forty years, the Fifth Edition of Forest Measurements supplies forestry students at all levels with the concepts and methods they need for future success. The authors present timber measurement techniques applicable to any tree inventory regardless of management objectives. Assuming only some background in algebra and plane trigonometry, basic statistical concepts are included, ensuring that even introductory students benefit from the book’s concise explanations. Thorough coverage of sampling designs, land measurements, tree measurements, forest inventory field methods, and growth projections ensures utility for foresters throughout their education and beyond. Chapters on aerial photographs and GIS introduce readers to these powerful measurement tools, and the concluding chapter expands the techniques discussed to encompass other natural resources such as rangelands, wildlife, and water.
Exceptionally readable and clear, the book includes many photographs and illustrations, numerous numerical examples, and a bibliography to enhance the reader’s understanding of the material.”

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3 .) Harlow and Harrar’s Textbook of Dendrology by James W. Hardin

Lists It Appears On:

  • Sedelmeier
  • Goodreads
  • Goodreads 3

After nearly 60 years, with descriptions of more than 270 species and almost 200 illustrations, Textbook of Dendrology continues to remain a top resource for taxonomic and silvicultural information on North American trees. In this new edition, material throughout the text has been updated and expanded to provide current information on tree sizes, damaging diseases and insect pest, economic uses, and silvics. Because of growing concern for the environment, it is even more necessary for students to know and understand the importance of conservation. Many of these issues are incorporated throughout the book.

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2 .) American Canopy: Trees, Forests, and the Making of a Nation by Eric Rutkow

Lists It Appears On:

  • Thought Co.
  • Conservation International
  • Goodreads 2
  • Goodreads 3

“Among American Canopy’s many captivating stories: the Liberty Trees, where colonists gathered to plot rebellion against the British; Henry David Thoreau’s famous retreat into the woods; the creation of New York City’s Central Park; the great fire of 1871 that killed a thousand people in the lumber town of Peshtigo, Wisconsin; the fevered attempts to save the American chestnut and the American elm from extinction; and the controversy over spotted owls and the old-growth forests they inhabited. Rutkow also explains how trees were of deep interest to such figures as George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Benjamin Franklin, Teddy Roosevelt, and Franklin Roosevelt, who oversaw the planting of some three billion trees nationally in his time as president.

Never before has anyone treated our country’s trees and forests as the subject of a broad historical study, and the result is an accessible, informative, and thoroughly entertaining read. Audacious in its four-hundred-year scope, authoritative in its detail, and elegant in its execution, American Canopy is perfect for history buffs and nature lovers alike and announces Eric Rutkow as a major new author of popular history.”

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1 .) The Wild Trees: A Story of Passion and Daring by Richard Preston

Lists It Appears On:

  • Forestry Degree
  • Goodreads
  • Goodreads 2
  • Goodreads 3

“Hidden away in foggy, uncharted rain forest valleys in Northern California are the largest and tallest organisms the world has ever sustained–the coast redwood trees, Sequoia sempervirens. Ninety-six percent of the ancient redwood forests have been destroyed by logging, but the untouched fragments that remain are among the great wonders of nature. The biggest redwoods have trunks up to thirty feet wide and can rise more than thirty-five stories above the ground, forming cathedral-like structures in the air. Until recently, redwoods were thought to be virtually impossible to ascend, and the canopy at the tops of these majestic trees was undiscovered. In The Wild Trees, Richard Preston unfolds the spellbinding story of Steve Sillett, Marie Antoine, and the tiny group of daring botanists and amateur naturalists that found a lost world above California, a world that is dangerous, hauntingly beautiful, and unexplored.

The canopy voyagers are young–just college students when they start their quest–and they share a passion for these trees, persevering in spite of sometimes crushing personal obstacles and failings. They take big risks, they ignore common wisdom (such as the notion that there’s nothing left to discover in North America), and they even make love in hammocks stretched between branches three hundred feet in the air.

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The Additional Best Forest Books



 

#BooksAuthorLists
(Books Appear On 1 List each)
19A Forest Journey: The Story of Wood and CivilizationJohn PerlinGoodreads 2
20A Forest of Corpses (Geography of Murder, #2)P.A. BrownGoodreads 2
21A Girl of the Limberlost (Limberlost, #2)Gene Stratton-PorterGoodreads 2
22A Stillness in the Pines: The Ecology of the Red-Cockaded WoodpeckerRobert McFarlaneGoodreads
23A Walk in the Woods: Rediscovering America on the Appalachian TrailBill BrysonGoodreads 2
24After the Fires: The Ecology of Change in Yellowstone National ParkWallace, Linda L.BookRenter
25America’s Ancient Forests: From the Ice Age to the Age of DiscoverySedelmeier
26As Long as the Rivers FlowLarry LoyieGoodreads 2
27As You Like ItWilliam ShakespeareThe Guardian
28Backyard Orchardist: A Complete Guide to Growing Fruit Trees in the Home GardenStella OttoGoodreads
29Bark: A Field Guide to Trees of the NortheastMichael WojtechGoodreads 3
30BarkskinsAnnie ProulxGoodreads
31Biogeochemistry of a Forested EcosystemGene E. LikensGoodreads
32Blood of the Earth (Soulwood, #1)Faith HunterGoodreads 2
33Botany in a Day: Thomas J. Elpel’s Herbal Field Guide to Plant FamiliesThomas J. ElpelGoodreads
34Brendon ChaseBBThe Guardian
35Buried ThunderTim BowlerGoodreads 2
36Christmas Trees: Growing and Selling Trees, Wreaths, and GreensThought Co.
37Conifer CountryMichael Edward KauffmannGoodreads 3
38Daughter of the Forest (Sevenwaters, #1)Juliet MarillierGoodreads 2
39David Douglas, a Naturalist at Work: An Illustrated Exploration Across Two Centuries in the Pacific NorthwestJack NisbetGoodreads
40Death from the WoodsBrigitte AubertGoodreads 2
41Dirr’s Trees and Shrubs – an Illustrated EncyclopediaThought Co.
42Diseases of Pacific Coast ConifersThe United States of AmericaGoodreads 3
43Early Days In Algonquin ParkOttelyn AddisonGoodreads
44Earthly Goods: Medicine Hunting In The RainforestChristopher JoyceGoodreads 2
45Eastern Deciduous Forest, Second EditionRichard H. YahnerForestry Degree
46Eating DirtCharlotte GillGoodreads
47Edible Forest Gardens, Volume 1: Ecological Vision and Theory for Temperate Climate PermacultureDave JackeGoodreads
48Environmental ScienceG. Tyler Miller & Scott Spoolmans.Forestry Degree
49Essentials of Conservation Biology, Sixth EditionRichard B. Primacks.Forestry Degree
50Exploring Southern Appalachian Forests: An Ecological Guide to 30 Great Hikes in the Carolinas, Georgia, Tennessee, and VirginiaStephanie B. JeffriesGoodreads 2
51Faerie TaleRaymond E. FeistGoodreads
52Fall WalkVirginia Brimhall SnowGoodreads
53Fawn in the Forest (Animal Ark, #21)Ben M. BaglioGoodreads 2
54Field Guide to Old-Growth Forests: Explore Anicient Forest Ecosystems from California to the Pacific NorthwestSedelmeier
55Forest EcologyBurton V. Barnes, Donald R. Zak, Shirley R. Denton & Stephen H. Spurrs.Forestry Degree
56Forest Ecology, 3rd EditionJames P. KimminsForestry Degree
57Forest EcosystemsDavid A. Perry, Ram Oren & Stephen C. HartForestry Degree
58Forest Forensics: A Field Guide to Reading the Forested LandscapeTom WesselsGoodreads 3
59Forest Management for All: State and Private ForestryLincoln BramwellForest History
60Forest Primeval: The Natural History of an Ancient ForestChris MaserGoodreads
61Forest Service Research: Finding Answers to Conservation’s QuestionsHarold K. SteenForest History
62Forests and Forestry in the American States: A Reference AnthologyRalph R. WidnerGoodreads
63Forests in a Full WorldGeorge M. WoodwellBookRenter
64Forests of the Heart (Newford, #7)Charles de LintGoodreads 2
65Forests: A Naturalist’s Guide to Woodland TreesSedelmeier
66Forgotten Places (Coming in 2017)Johanna CravenGoodreads 2
67Foster Fox (A 10,000 Lakes Tale)William D. WriterGoodreads 2
68Freckles (Limberlost #1)Gene Stratton-PorterGoodreads 2
69Gathering the DesertGary Paul NabhanGoodreads
70Ginkgo: The Tree That Time ForgotPeter CraneGoodreads 3
71GIS Methodologies for Developing Conservation Strategies: Tropical Forest Recovery and Wildlife Management in Costa RicaBasil G. Savitsky; Thomas E. Lacher JrQuestia
72Green Phoenix: Restoring the Tropical Forests of Guanacaste, Costa RicaWilliam AllenQuestia
73HexwoodDiana Wynne JonesGoodreads 2
74Hiking North Carolina’s National Forests: 50 Can’t-Miss Trail Adventures in the Pisgah, Nantahala, Uwharrie, and Croatan National ForestsJohnny MolloyGoodreads 2
75Hollow Tree HouseEnid BlytonGoodreads 2
76Hunting for Sustainability in Tropical ForestsJohn G. Robinson; Elizabeth L. BennettQuestia
77I-Spy TreesThe Guardian
78Ida B. . . and Her Plans to Maximize Fun, Avoid Disaster, and (Possibly) Save the WorldKatherine HanniganGoodreads 2
79In a Dark Wood (In a Dark Wood, #1)Josh LanyonGoodreads 2
80In the ForestEdna O’BrienGoodreads 2
81In the Forests of SerrePatricia A. McKillipGoodreads 2
82In the Shadow of the BanyanVaddey RatnerConservation International
83In the Woods (Dublin Murder Squad, #1)Tana FrenchGoodreads 2
84Into That ForestLouis NowraGoodreads 2
85Into the ForestJean HeglandGoodreads 2
86Into the WoodsM.L. RhodesGoodreads 2
87Jack Ward Thomas: The Journals of a Forest Service ChiefHarold K. SteenForest History
88Johnny AppleseedReeve LindberghGoodreads 2
89La forêt de Miyori (1)Hideji OdaGoodreads 2
90Little House in the Big Woods (Little House, #1)Laura Ingalls WilderGoodreads 2
91Living in the EnvironmentG. Tyler Miller and Scott Spoolmans.Forestry Degree
92Local Struggles over Rain-Forest Conservation in Alaska and AmazoniaWhitesell, Edward AQuestia
93MacbethWilliam ShakespeareGoodreads 2
94My Lost Brothers: The Untold StoryBrendan McDonoughGoodreads
95Mythago Wood (Mythago Wood, #1)Robert HoldstockGoodreads 2
96National Audubon Society Field Guide to North American TreesThought Co.
97Native Trees for North American LandscapesThought Co.
98Nature’s Temples: The Complex World of Old-Growth ForestsOld Growth Forest Network
99Ndura. Son of the forest.Javier Salazar CalleGoodreads 2
100Norwegian WoodHaruki MurakamiGoodreads 2
101Notes from Walnut Tree FarmRoger DeakinThe Guardian
102Old Growth in the East: A SurveyOld Growth Forest Network
103Ontario Forests: An Historical PerspectiveKenneth A. ArmsonGoodreads
104Ontario’s Old Growth ForestsMichael HenryGoodreads
105Opportunities in Forestry CareersThought Co.
106Our Priceless Heritage: Pennsylvania State Parks, 1893-1993Dan CupperGoodreads
107Out of the Woods (Tarin’s World, #1)Syd McGinleyGoodreads 2
108Peterson First Guide(R) to Forests (Peterson First Guides)John C. Kricher, Roger Tory PetersonBookRenter
109Planning the Urban Forest: Ecology, Economy, and Community DevelopmentJames C. SchwabGoodreads
110Plantation Silviculture in EuropePeter Savill, Julian Evans, Daniel Auclair, Jan FalckBookRenter
111Population Dynamics of a Philippine Rain Forest People: The San Ildefonso AgtaJohn D. Early; Thomas N. HeadlandQuestia
112Prodigal SummerBarbara KingsolverGoodreads 2
113RascalSterling NorthGoodreads 2
114Redwood: A Guide to Redwood National and State Parks, California: A Guide to Redwood National and State Parks, CaliforniaNational Park ServiceGoodreads 3
115RedwoodsJason ChinGoodreads
116Reforming the Forest ServiceRandal O’TooleGoodreads
117Robin HoodTor
118Sacrificing the Forest: Environmental and Social Struggles in ChiapasKaren L. O’BrienQuestia
119Seeds of HopeJane Goodalls.Forestry Degree
120Shanleya’s Quest: A Botany Adventure for Kids Ages 9 to 99Thomas J. ElpelGoodreads
121Shiver (The Wolves of Mercy Falls, #1)Maggie StiefvaterGoodreads 2
122Sierra Nevada Natural HistoryTracy I. StorerGoodreads 3
123Soil Ecology in Northern Forests: A Belowground View of a Changing WorldMartin Lukac, Douglas L. GodboldBookRenter
124Solstice Wood (Winter Rose, #2)Patricia A. McKillipGoodreads 2
125Song of the Trees (Logans #3)Mildred D. TaylorGoodreads 2
126Stalking the Wild AsparagusEuell GibbonsGoodreads
127State of WonderAnn PatchettConservation International
128StoppingWoods on a Snowy EveningGoodreads 2
129Stranger in the Forest: On Foot Across BorneoEric HansenGoodreads 3
130Sunflower ForestTorey L. HaydenGoodreads 2
131Swan in the Swim (Animal Ark, #23)Lucy DanielsGoodreads 2
132Taylor’s Guides to TreesNorman TaylorGoodreads 3
133Teaching the Trees: Lessons from the ForestOld Growth Forest Network
134Temagami: A Debate on WildernessMatt BrayGoodreads
135The Babes in the Wood (Inspector Wexford, #19)Ruth RendellGoodreads 2
136The Birchbark HouseLouise ErdrichGoodreads 2
137The Book of Forest and Thicket: Trees, Shrubs, and Wildflowers of Eastern North AmericaSedelmeier
138The Book of Lost ThingsJohn ConnollyGoodreads 2
139The Book of Swamp and Bog: Trees, Shrubs, and Wildflowers of Eastern Freshwater WetlandsSedelmeier
140The Cherry OrchardAnton ChekhovGoodreads 2
141The Chiefs Remember: The Forest Service 1952 – 2001Harold K. SteenForest History
142The Choiring of the TreesDonald HaringtonGoodreads 2
143The Christmas TreeJulie SalamonGoodreads 2
144The Cloud Forest: A Chronicle of the South American WildernessPeter MatthiessenGoodreads 2
145The Complete Brothers Grimm Fairy TalesJacob GrimmGoodreads 2
146The Complete Fairy TalesJacob and Wilhelm Grimm (translatedThe Guardian
147The Conservation Diaries of Gifford PinchotHarold K. SteenForest History
148The Cutting Edge: Conserving Wildlife in Logged Tropical ForestsRobert A. Fimbel; Alejandro Grajal; John G. RobinsonQuestia
149The Dictionary of ForestrySedelmeier
150The Equitable Forest: “Diversity, Community, and Resource Management”Carol J. Pierce ColferGoodreads
151The Fig OrchardLayla FiskeGoodreads 2
152The Flame Trees of Thika: Memories of an African ChildhoodElspeth HuxleyGoodreads 2
153The Folk of the Faraway Tree (The Faraway Tree, #3)Enid BlytonGoodreads 2
154The ForestPeter FarbGoodreads
155The Forest and the Trees: A Guide To Excellent ForestryGordon RobinsonGoodreads
156The Forest of Hands and Teeth (The Forest of Hands and Teeth, #1)Carrie RyanGoodreads 2
157The Forest of HoursKerstin EkmanGoodreads 2
158The Forest PeopleColin M. TurnbullGoodreads 2
159The Forest Service and The Greatest Good: A Centennial HistoryJames G. LewisForest History
160The Fragmented Forest: Island Biogeography Theory and the Preservation of Biotic DiversityLarry D. HarrisGoodreads 3
161The Genius of BirdsJennifer AckermanGoodreads
162The Green Man: Tales from the Mythic ForestTerri WindlingGoodreads 2
163The Hermit of Eyton Forest (Chronicles of Brother Cadfael #14)Ellis PetersGoodreads 2
164The Hidden Forest: The Biography of an EcosystemJon R. LuomaGoodreads
165The Hidden Life of Trees: What They Feel, How They Communicate – Discoveries from a Secret WorldPeter WohllebenGoodreads
166The HideoutPeg KehretGoodreads 2
167The Home Orchard: Growing Your Own Deciduous Fruit and Nut TreesChuck a. IngelsGoodreads
168The Inverted ForestJohn DaltonGoodreads 2
169The Jungle BookRudyard KiplingTor
170The Last Child in the WoodsRichard LouvConservation International
171The Last Town on EarthThomas MullenGoodreads 2
172The Laws Field Guide to the Sierra NevadaJohn Muir LawsGoodreads 3
173The Legacy of Penn’s Woods: A History of the Pennsylvania Bureau of ForestryLester A. DecosterGoodreads
174The Little Fir TreeMargaret Wise BrownGoodreads 2
175The LoraxDr. SeussTor
176The Maya Tropical Forest: People, Parks, & Ancient CitiesJames D. NationsQuestia
177The New Enchanted Broccoli ForestMollie KatzenGoodreads 2
178The Oaken Throne (The Deptford Histories, #2)Robin JarvisGoodreads 2
179The Orchard KeeperCormac McCarthyGoodreads 2
180The Orchard on FireShena MackayGoodreads 2
181The Orchard: A MemoirTheresa WeirGoodreads 2
182The Poisonwood BibleBarbara KingsolverGoodreads 2
183The Real BoyAnne UrsuGoodreads 2
184The Red TreeCaitlín R. KiernanGoodreads 2
185The Red-cockaded Woodpecker: Surviving in a Fire-Maintained Ecosystem (Corrie Herring Hooks Series)Richard Conner, D. Craig Rudolph, Jeffrey R. WaltersBookRenter
186The Redesigned ForestChris MaserGoodreads
187The Scarlet LetterNathaniel HawthorneThe Guardian
188The Secret of Blackjack WoodsAshlen BrownGoodreads 2
189The Selfish GiantOscar WildeGoodreads 2
190The Sibley Guide to TreesDavid Allen SibleyForestry Degree
191The Tale of Three TreesAngela Elwell HuntGoodreads 2
192The TreeJohn FowlesGoodreads
193The Tree Shepherd’s Daughter (Faire Folk Trilogy #1)Gillian SummersGoodreads 2
194The TreesConrad RichterGoodreads 2
195The Trees in My ForestBernd HeinrichGoodreads 3
196The Triumph of Seeds: How Grains, Nuts, Kernels, Pulses, and Pips Conquered the Plant Kingdom and Shaped Human HistoryThor HansonGoodreads
197The U.S. Forest Service: A HistoryHarold K. SteenForest History
198The Urban Green ManAdria LaycraftGoodreads 2
199The Urban Tree BookThought Co.
200The Way Through The Woods (Inspector Morse, #10)Colin DexterGoodreads 2
201The Weight of SilenceHeather GudenkaufGoodreads 2
202The Wild Wood (Brian Froud’s Faerielands, #1)Charles de LintGoodreads 2
203The Wood Boy / The Burning ManRaymond E. FeistGoodreads 2
204The Wood of SuicidesLaura Elizabeth WoollettGoodreads 2
205The Woodland Steward: A Practical Guide to the Management of Small ForestsThought Co.
206The WoodlandersThomas HardyGoodreads 2
207The WoodsHarlan CobenGoodreads 2
208The World Without UsAlan WeismanConservation International
209the Yarnell Hill Fire’s Lone SurvivorGoodreads
210They Came to a RiverAllis McKayGoodreads 2
211Toward a Natural Forest: The Forest Service in TransitionJim FurnishGoodreads
212Treecology: 30 Activities and Observations for Exploring the World of Trees and ForestsMonica RussoGoodreads 2
213Trees and Shrubs of the Pacific NorthwestMark TurnerGoodreads 3
214Trees in FocusMarina SilvaGoodreads 3
215Trees to Know in OregonEdward C. JensenGoodreads 3
216Trees: Their Natural HistoryThought Co.
217Tropical Forest Ecology: A View from Barro Colorado IslandEgbert Giles Leigh JrQuestia
218Tropical RainforestsChris C. ParkQuestia
219Uncertainty, Humility, and Adaptation in the Tropical Forest: The Agricultural Augury of the Kantu’Dove, Michael RQuestia
220Under Milk WoodDylan ThomasGoodreads 2
221Under the Greenwood TreeThomas HardyGoodreads 2
222UnderstoriesTim HorvathGoodreads
223Up the Faraway Tree (The Faraway Tree, #4)Enid BlytonGoodreads 2
224Vanishing Halo: Saving the Boreal ForestDaniel GawthropGoodreads 3
225View From the Top: Forest Service ResearchR. Keith Arnold, Murlyn B. Dickerman, and Robert E. BuckmanForest History
226Walking the Forest with Chico Mendes: Struggle for Justice in the AmazonGomercindo RodriguesBookRenter
227Walking the TreeKaaron WarrenTor
228Wars in the Woods: The Rise of Ecological Forestry in AmericaSamuel P. HaysGoodreads
229Western ForestsStephen WhitneyGoodreads 3
230White Waters and BlackGordon MacCreaghConservation International
231Why Wilderness: A Report On Mismanagement In Lake Superior Provincial ParkBruce M. LitteljohnGoodreads
232Wildwood Dancing (Wildwood, #1)Juliet MarillierGoodreads 2
233WoodAndy GoldsworthyThe Guardian
234WoodlandsOliver RackhamThe Guardian
235Zahrah the WindseekerNnedi OkoraforGoodreads 2


13 Best Forestry Book Sources/Lists



SourceArticle
BookRenter Forests & Forestry
Conservation International Your forest reading list: 6 must-read books about trees
Forest History U.S. Forest Service History Books
Forestry Degree Our Top 12 Books on Forest Conservation
Goodreads Popular Forestry Books
Goodreads 2 forests, woods, copses, coppices, arbors, orchards
Goodreads 3 Popular Dendrology Books
Old Growth Forest Network Books
Questia Tropical Forests: Selected full-text books and articles
Sedelmeier Dendrology and Forestry Books
The Guardian Sara Maitland’s top 10 books of the forest
Thought Co. 10 Best Tree and Forestry Reference Books and Guides
Tor 8 Great Forest-y Books of the Fantastic

 

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