The Forests of California: A California Field Atlas

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$55.00  $51.15
Heyday Books
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5.8 X 7.7 X 1.8 inches | 2.36 pounds

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About the Author
Growing up in the East Bay as the son of an astrophysicist and a psychologist, Obi Kaufmann spent most of high school practicing calculus and breaking away on weekends to scramble around Mount Diablo and map its creeks, oak forests, and sage mazes. Into adulthood, he would regularly journey into the mountains, spending more summer nights without a roof than with one. For Kaufmann, the epic narrative of the California backcountry holds enough art, science, mythology, and language for a hundred field atlases to come. When he is not backpacking, you can find the painter-poet at his desk in Oakland, posting @coyotethunder #trailpaintings on social media.

2021 Northern California Book Award nominee, General Nonfiction

"Masterful ... The work that has gone into this book is simply astonishing; every page is a treasure trove of information and beauty." --San Francisco Book Review

"A call to action ... full of beautiful watercolor renderings of both landscape and data."--Los Angeles Times

"[A] must-read. The Forests of California features an abundance of Kaufmann's signature watercolor maps and trail paintings, weaving them into an expansive and accessible exploration of the biodiversity that defines California in the global imagination."--7x7

"The Forests of California is a breathtaking object." --Berkeleyside

"One-of-a-kind." --Diablo Magazine

"Kaufmann's expressive writing is matched by his creativity as an artist ... [The Forests of California] is Audubon-esque in style and scope." --San Francisco Examiner

"Swirls research with poetry, the personal and human with the collective and ecological ..." --Mother Jones

"[Kaufmann] lay[s] important groundwork to help people better understand the complex ecology of the state's varied forests and why they are so important." --The Revelator

"Braiding colorful watercolors of local flora and fauna with expertly illustrated infographics and maps, Forests is a must-read for anyone who cranes their neck skyward in great groves of Sequoia; for those who wonder how mountains are shaped, how carbon is stored; how fires can replenish--or reduce to ash. The lush, illustrative tome offers an instant education in one of the West's greatest assets. ... Obi leaves no leaf unturned in his quest to capture the wonder and fragility of this important resource."--Sunset