The Ashokan Catskills: A Natural History


About the Book

Although famed since the 19th century as a classic American wonderland of peaks, forests, and waterfalls, New York’s Catskill Mountains had never been the subject of a natural history.  The Ashokan Catskills fills the need for a close look at Catskill flora, fauna, landscape features and natural communities.  Devoted to a representative 60-square-mile region of the eastern Catskills, this illustrated survey — with a special section on Native American prehistory —  brings to light the combination of rare elements that makes the Catskills unique.  Included are annotated checklists of mammals, birds, reptiles, fishes, dragonflies, lichens, mosses, ferns, trees, sedges, and orchids.

This work is based on a three-year project conducted by the Olive Natural Heritage Society in cooperation with the Nature Conservancy.  It is co-published by the Catskill Center for Conservation and Development and Purple Mountain Press.

Illustrated with color and black-and-white photographs, along with prints, charts and maps.

About the Author

John Bierhorst is an author, editor, and translator in the field of Native American Studies.  His more than thirty books on Native American lore include The Red Swan, Four Masterworks of Native American Literature, The Mythology of South AmericaThe Mythology of North America, and The Way of the Earth: Native America and the Environment.  A resident of West Shokan, New York he was secretary of The Olive Natural Heritage Society.





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7 x 10

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