Green Phoenix

Green Phoenix : Restoring the Tropical Forests of Guanacaste, Costa Rica

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Can we prevent the destruction of the world's tropical forests? In the fire-scarred hills of Costa Rica, award-winning science writer William Allen found a remarkable answer: we can not only prevent their destruction - we can bring them back to their former glory. In this text, Allen tells the story of a large group of Costa Rican and American scientists and volunteers who set out to save the tropical forests in the northwestern section of the country. It was an area badly damaged by the fires of ranchers and small farmers; in many places a few strands of forest strung across a charred landscape. Despite the widely held belief that tropical forests, once lost, are lost forever, the team led by the dynamic Daniel Janzen from the University of Pennsylvania moved relentlessly ahead, taking a broad array of political, ecological, and social steps necessary for restoration. They began with 39 square miles and, by the year 2000, they had stitched together and revived some 463 square miles of land and another 290 of marine area. Today this region is known as the Guanacaste Conservation Area, a fabulously rich landscape of dry forest, cloud forest, and rain forest that gives life to some 235,000 species of plants and animals. It may be the greatest environmental success of our time, a prime example of how extensive devastation can be halted and reversed.show more

Product details

  • Hardback | 332 pages
  • 162.8 x 242.6 x 28.2mm | 726.57g
  • Oxford University Press Inc
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • 16 halftones, 19 line illustrations
  • 0195108930
  • 9780195108934

About William Allen

William Allen is an independent journalist and Senior Fellow with the Institutes for Journalism and Natural Resources. His reporting on tropical forests has appeared in such publications as The Sciences, BioScience, and Harvard. He lives in Chesterfield, Missouri.show more

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"The book is a paradigm of how one man can make such a difference through dedication and perseverance ..."--Biologist"This is a remarkable story of a valuable ecosystem rising from its own ashes-a hopeful story for our time."--Wildlife Activist "The book is a paradigm of how one man can make such a difference through dedication and perseverance ..."--Biologist "This is a remarkable story of a valuable ecosystem rising from its own ashes-a hopeful story for our time."--Wildlife Activist "The book is a paradigm of how one man can make such a difference through dedication and perseverance ..."--Biologist "This is a remarkable story of a valuable ecosystem rising from its own ashes-a hopeful story for our time."--Wildlife Activist "The book is a paradigm of how one man can make such a difference through dedication and perseverance ..."--Biologist"This is a remarkable story of a valuable ecosystem rising from its own ashes-a hopeful story for our time."--Wildlife Activistshow more

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