Praise for Among the Ancients

Julia Butterfly Hill, activist and author:

Among the Ancients is a gift for people from all walks of life. It is a guidebook not only to beautiful, sacred places, but also to reconnecting to the reverence for our beautiful planet we call home. May we all work together to respect, restore and protect our wild places, for what we do to the Earth, we do to ourselves.”

Tom Horton, winner of the John Burroughs Medal for Nature Writing:

“This is a guide that could change your life, or at least the way you see America. In lucid, elegant prose, Joan Maloof takes you on ecological, spiritual, and aesthetic tramps through the very best that remains of the eastern forest that existed before humans had much say over the landscape.

Among the Ancients laments all we’ve lost through centuries of plunderous logging, and critiques the narrow, ‘production’ viewpoint of all too many modern foresters. But it’s never heavy-handed and is ultimately uplifting, celebrating the wonder and beauty still available to those willing to hike a bit, and to let Maloof expand their sensibilities.”

Gary K. Meffe, Co-author, Principles of Conservation Biology:

“An ode to lost old-growth forests everywhere, and a celebration of those few that remain. Joan Maloof simultaneously writes with the precision of a scientist and the passion of a poet. Among the Ancients will have you looking at all forests—young and old—with a new eye.”

John Davis, former editor of Wild Earth magazine:

“With her beautiful book Among the Ancients, Joan Maloof has again done a great service for the forests, wildlife, and people of the eastern United States. In the noble tradition of naturalists John Muir, E. Lucy Braun, Mary Byrd Davis, and others, Maloof vividly describes and strongly champions surviving remnants of the great forests that once blanketed the East. Take the literary journey with her, and you will find yourself enthralled.”

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