A fascinating guide to the natural wonders of the region. Easily accessible and easily traversed hikes. Wessels' "Forensic Natural History" uncovers the stories of how these places came to be. Bogs and dunes and mountains and forests. Possibly the coolest hiking guide I've ever seen. — Dafydd Wood
Step Out of Your Car and Right into Nature!
New England’s Roadside Ecology guides you through 30 spectacular natural sites, all within an easy walk from the road. The sites include the forests, wetlands, alpines, dunes, and geologic ecosystems that make up New England.
Author Tom Wessels is the perfect guide. Each entry starts with the brief description of the hike's level of difficulty—all are gentle to moderate and cover no more than two miles. Entries also include turn-by-turn directions and clear descriptions of the flora, fauna, and fungi you are likely to encounter along the way. New England’s Roadside Ecology is a must-have guide for outdoor enthusiasts, hikers, and tourists in Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, and Vermont.
About the Author
Tom Wessels is a terrestrial ecologist and professor emeritus at Antioch University New England where he founded the master’s degree program in Conservation Biology. With interests in forest, desert, arctic, and alpine ecosystems, plus geomorphology, evolutionary ecology, complex systems science, and the interface of landscape and culture, Tom considers himself a generalist. He has conducted workshops on ecology and sustainability throughout the country for over three decades.
“A primer on the characteristics of the landscape of the region, emphasizing the exciting and complex interrelationships among species.” —The Boston Globe
“An indispensable guide…New England’s Roadside Ecology is likely to become a perennial reference for years to come.” —Comfort Me with Nature