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This Land

A Guide to Central National Forests

Robert H. Mohlenbrock (Author), Mike Dombeck (Foreword)

Available worldwide

Paperback, 405 pages
ISBN: 9780520239821
March 2006
$36.95, £25.95
Part armchair travelogue, part guide book, this projected three-volume series—divided into the western, central, and eastern United States—will introduce readers to all 155 national forests across the country. This Land is the only comprehensive field guide that describes the natural features, wildernesses, scenic drives, campgrounds, and hiking trails of our national forests, many of which—while little known and sparsely visited—boast features as spectacular as those found in our national parks and monuments. Each entry includes logistical information about size and location, facilities, attractions, and associated wilderness areas. For about half of the forests, Robert H. Mohlenbrock has provided sidebars on the biological or geological highlights, drawn from the "This Land" column that he has written for Natural History magazine since 1984.

Superbly illustrated with color photographs, botanical drawings, and maps, this book is loaded with information, clearly written, and easy to use.

This volume covers national forests in: Arkansas, Colorado, Louisiana, Minnesota Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, New Mexico, Oklahoma, South Dakota, Texas, Wyoming
National Forests in Arkansas
Ouachita Mountains
Border Lands
Alum Cove
Blanchard Springs
Magazine Mountain
St. Francis

Crowley's Ridge

National Forests in Colorado


Hoosier Pass

Elk Park

Grand Mesa

Grand Mesa


Slumgullion Slide

Taylor River


Rio Grande


Long Lake Fens


San Isabel

Twin Peaks

San Juan


White River

Flat Tops

National Forests in Louisiana


Kisatchie Hills

National Forests in Minnesota



National Forests in Missouri

Mark Twain

Grasshopper Hollow

Cupola Pond

Kaintuck Hollow

Slaughter Sink

Indian Creek

Hercules Glade

National Forests in Montana

Beaverhead - Deerlodge



Tom Miner Basin



Lewis and Clark


Sheep Mountain Bog

National Forests in Nebraska


Samuel R. McKelvie

National Forests in New Mexico


Clayton Pass


Sandia Cienega

Tajique Canyon

Paxton Cone



Santa Fe

Canada Bonito

Rio Cebolla

National Forests in South Dakota

Black Hills

Black Hills

National Forests in Texas


Boykin Springs Longleaf

Black Branch Barrens

Davy Crockett


Mill Creek Cove

Sam Houston

Big Thicket

National Forests in Wyoming


Medicine Wheel

Bridger - Teton

Kendall Warm Springs

Periodic Spring


Medicine Bow

Robert H. Mohlenbrock is Distinguished Professor Emeritus at Southern Illinois University, Carbondale, and Senior Scientist at Biotic Consultants, Inc. Among his many books are You Can Grow Tropical Fruit Trees (1999), Field Guide to North American Trees (1987), Field Guide to North American Wildflowers (1987), and Where Have All the Wildflowers Gone? (1983). Mike Dombeck is Chief Emeritus of the U.S. Forest Service.
“Provides a definitive overview of the national forests throughout the central region of the United States.”—Paper Clips
"To my knowledge, there is no other title that assembles the information gathered in this book in such a comprehensive and helpful manner.... This Land will be a singular, indispensable and definitive title on the national forests for some time to come."—John A. Murray, author of Writing about Nature

"This Land adeptly conveys the sense of awe that characterizes our national forests. In the end, this volume will help us and future generations understand and appreciate the wealth of this land and remind us of the importance of being responsible stewards of the people's land today and for future generations."—Mike Dombeck, Chief Emeritus, U.S. Forest Service

“Americans are very mobile today and many have become disillusioned with the masses encountered in the national parks… the national forests are a national secret to most people. [This Land] will begin to unfurl that secret.”—Lawrence R. Stritch, President of the Eastern Panhandle Native Plant Society of West Virginia

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