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In his fourth book about the New Jersey Pine Barrens, Howard P. Boyd presents a fascinating study of the natural forces that created this unique ecosystem and a timely review of human development in the region. Following a concise introduction to Pine Barrens ecology, Boyd delves into distinctive abiotic factors (physical processes and characteristics such as geological evolution, soils, climate, water, and wildfires) and biotic factors (plants and animals), emphasizing their interrelationships. He lists hundreds of species of Pinelands flora and fauna, surveys threatened and endangered species, explores mans industrial and agricultural industries and their impacts, and offers an important discussion of the dangers current human activity presents to the survival of the ecosystem. Howard Boyds passion for the Pine Barrensalong with his ability to make natural science compelling and comprehensible for lay readershas never been more evident than in this exploration of the vast ecological area with which his name has become enduringly linked. The Ecological Pine Barrens of New Jersey is a must-read for ecologists, environmentalists, educators, students, and any individual with a serious interest in the New Jersey Pine Barrens and its future survival.

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