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"Every leaf speaks bliss to me, fluttering from the autumn tree." -Emily Bronte
The Beauty of Straw Bale Homes by
Call Number: TH4818.S77 S74 2000 / UNDERGRAD
Publication Date: 2001-01-01
The co-authors of the best-selling "Straw Bale House" celebrate the accomplishments of straw bale artisans in colour photography. Accompanying text highlights the special features and unique personality of each building.
Building with Straw: Design and Technology of a Sustainable Architecture by
Call Number: 693.997 M665s:E / ARCHITECTURE & ART
Publication Date: 2005-02-11
This book is a practical, hands-on guide to building with straw. In recent years there has been a renaissance in the use of straw as a building material. Straw is a renewable resource with excellent insulating properties. It is a cheap and easy-to-use option for self-builders, and even large-scale structures can be erected using timber frame-work filled with straw.
The Complete Guide to Alternative Home Building Materials and Methods by
Call Number: 690.8 N92c / ACES
Publication Date: 2009-10-30
Learn how to identify, locate, and effectively use alternative building materials, including cob, adobe, rammed earth, bamboo, cork, wool carpeting, and more. You will also learn about the structure, climate control, siting, foundations, and flooring options you gain when using these materials. Ultimately, you will come to understand that these materials are cheaper, easier to build with, stronger, more durable, and more fire resistant.
The Encyclopedia of North American Trees by
Call Number: 582.16097 B447e / ACES
Publication Date: 2002-07-06
Gardeners and nature-lovers alike will find The Encyclopedia of North American Trees informative and easy-to-use. Descriptions of 278 species, listed alphabetically by their botanical names outline each tree's growing habits, its identifying characteristics, and its place in the environment. This meticulously researched and full color guide is essential for anyone who would like to grow native trees, and for those who want to understand and identify trees in their natural environment. The Encyclopedia of North American Trees includes: Comprehensive introduction to tree genera 350 full color photographs Black & white illustrations of leaf shapes, bark textures, flowers, and mature fruit Illustrations of tree shapes Habitat and growing tips for landscapers and gardeners A tree-hardiness chart and zone map of the United States and Canada Index of common and botanical names, glossary, further reading and sources
Hay and Straw Conservation for Small-Scale Farming and Pastoral Conditions by
Call Number: 633.208 Su86h / ACES
Publication Date: 2000-12-30
Hay is the oldest and most important conserved fodder, and it can be made with simple equipment, manually or with mechanization. Many small-scale farmers make hay and store crop residues to carry livestock through periods of shortage. Practices vary in different parts of the world, but follow some basic principles. This publication discusses hay, hay crops and crop residues in a wide range of situations. It deals with the haymaking process, cultivation of hay crops and management of natural hay fields as well as the harvest and conservation of crop residues as animal feed; a series of case studies from Asia, Africa and Latin America illustrates how hay and crop residues can be integrated into production systems. Addresses technicians, advisers and extension workers dealing with small-scale farming, traditional sectors and development projects, and includes over 60 colour figures, a bibliography, a glossary and an index. (From FAO website.)
How Trees Die: The Past, Present, and Future of our Forests by
Call Number: 333.75 G416h / ACES
Publication Date: 2009-07-15
Trees have been essential to the success of human beings, providing food, shelter, warmth, transportation, and products (consider the paper you are holding). Trees are also necessary for a healthy atmosphere, literally connecting the earth with the sky. Once in wild abundance-- the entire eastern North America was a gigantic forest--they have receded as we have clearcut the landscape in favor of building cities and farms, using up and abusing our forests in the process. Over the centuries, we have trained food trees, such as peach and apple trees, to produce more and better fruit at the expense of their lives. As Jeff Gillman, a specialist in the production and care of trees, explains in his acclaimed work, How Trees Die: The Past, Present, and Future of Our Forests, the death of a tree is as important to understanding our environment as how it lives. While not as readily apparent as other forms of domestication, our ancient and intimate relationship with trees has caused their lives to be inseparably entwined with ours. The environment we have created--what we put into the air and into the water, and how we change the land through farming, construction, irrigation, and highways--affects the world's entire population of trees, while the lives of the trees under our direct care in farms, orchards, or along a city boulevard depend almost entirely on our actions. Taking the reader on a fascinating journey through time and place, the author explains how we kill trees, often for profit, but also unintentionally with kindness through overwatering or overmulching, and sometimes simply by our movements around the globe, carrying foreign insects or disease. No matter how a tree's life ends, though, understanding the reason is essential to understanding the future of our environment.
National Wildlife Federation Field Guide to Trees of North America by
Call Number: 582.16097 N213 / ACES
Publication Date: 2008-05-09
From the National Wildlife Federation comes the most up-to-date, all-photographic field guide to North American trees. The Jeffrey Pine, Coconut Palm, Staghorn Sumac, and Western Hemlock: this single, portable volume features these, plus more than 700 other tree species and varieties, with special emphasis on their leaves, bark, fruits, and flowers. More than 2,000 stunning images show these trees in their natural habitats. Other features include: a unique identification tip for each tree; range maps showing distribution in North America; How to Identify a Tree section; a detailed glossary of tree parts and leaf, fruit, flower, and bark types; essays on ecology, conservation, and North America’s important forest types; plus a complex species and quick-flip indexes. The guide’s unique waterproof cover makes it especially valuable for use in the field.
Call Number: 575.57 Og4o / ACES
Publication Date: 2014-02-15
Overleaf is a delightful and thought provoking book dedicated to foliage. Susan Ogilvy's 74 delicate and delightful paintings are a study of that most obvious but smallest coherent part of a tree - the leaf. The paintings of both sides of the leaves of 37 trees found across the temperate regions of Europe and North America are uncluttered and beautiful portraits that will appear akin to everlasting pressing. Richard Ogilvy's thought provoking text reflects on the wonderful, detail complexity of our woodlands and forest. For each tree he has penned a concise portrait - how it relates to the environment, how big it grows, how fast it grows, where it grows, the dependent birds, insects and fungi, the mythology, and the uses we make of the timber.
Serious Straw Bale: A Home Construction Guide for All Climates by
Call Number: TH4818.S77 L33 2000 / UNDERGRAD
Publication Date: 2000-12-01
In 1994, when Chelsea Green published The Straw Bale House, the response from many people was a loud, "Huh?!" Those days are gone. With more than 100,000 copies sold, and straw bale projects underway in most regions of North America, we've entered a new era. Even building-code officials and insurance companies now look favorably upon straw bale buildings, with their extraordinary energy efficiency and wise use of agricultural waste for construction materials. Bergeron and Lacinski's new book Serious Straw Bale is the first to look carefully at the specific design considerations critical to success with a straw bale building in more extreme climates-where seasonal changes in temperature, precipitation, and humidity create special stresses that builders must understand and address. The authors draw upon years of experience with natural materials and experimental techniques, and present a compelling rationale for building with straw-one of nature's most resilient, available, and affordable byproducts. For skeptics and true believers, this book will prove to be the latest word. Thorough explanations of how moisture and temperature affect buildings in seasonal climates, with descriptions of the unique capacities of straw and other natural materials to provide warmth, quiet, and comfort year-round. Comprehensive comparison of the two main approaches to straw bale construction: "Nebraska-style," where bales bear the weight of the roof, and framed structures, where bales provide insulation. Detailed advice-including many well-considered cautions-for contractors, owner-builders, and designers, following each stage of a bale-building process. This is a second-generation straw bale book, for those seeking serious information to meet serious challenges while adventuring in the most fun form of construction to come along in several centuries.
Straw Bale Details: A Manual for Designers and Builders by
Call Number: 721.044997 M276s / ACES
Publication Date: 2003-04-01
Straw Bale Details is the perfect companion for those who are serious about building with straw. It focuses entirely on the specific design theories and practices that result in well-built, long-lasting bale structures. It extends the range of books like Straw Bale Building through large, easy-to-read architectural drawings rendered for a wide variety of building options, including load-bearing and post-and-beam designs. A range of foundation, wall, door and window, and roof-plate scenarios is presented, along with notes and possible modifications. Also included are the most recent testing data to help base designer and builder decisions on sound science. Chris Magwood is coauthor of Straw Bale Building and editor of The Last Straw Journal. Chris Walker is a Toronto architect specializing in sustainable design.
The Straw Bale House by
Call Number: 693.997 ST32S / MAIN STACKS
Publication Date: 1994-12-01
Imagine building a house with superior seismic stability, fire resistance, and thermal insulation, using an annually renewable resource, for half the cost of a comparable conventional home. Welcome to the straw bale house! Whether you build an entire house or something more modest-a home office or studio, a retreat cabin or guest cottage-plastered straw bale construction is an exceptionally durable and inexpensive option. What's more, it's fun, because the technique is easy to learn and easy to do yourself. And the resulting living spaces are unusually quiet and comfortable.The Straw Bale House describes the many benefits of building with straw bales: super insulation, with R-values as high as R-50 good indoor air quality and noise reduction a speedy construction process construction costs as low as $10-per-square-foot use of natural and abundant renewable resources a better solution than burning agricultural waste straw, which creates tons of air pollutants
Call Number: 582.16 En62t / ACES
Publication Date: 2001-11-17
"More than 80,000 species of trees today cover a full 30 percent of the earth's land mass and have dominated the earth for over 300 million years. Trees are the largest organisms that have ever lived, with some species outweighing the largest whales ten to one. In this richly illustrated overview, Roland Ennos examines trees' history, explains their mechanics, and assesses their future." "Beginning in the primordial days before the dinosaurs, Ennos describes how the organisms that would evolve into trees first appeared. He explores the enormous diversity of tree life today, demonstrating the wide range of strategies that trees have adapted for survival and reproduction, and devotes an entire section to how trees lift water. He considers the evolutionary and environmental reasons behind the tremendous variation in leaf size and shape, wood density and color, flower and fruit, and other distinguishing characteristics." "Ennos also explores humans' diverse relationships with trees in depth. He points out that trees are important components of almost all human ecosystems, from forests to urban landscapes. Taking a historical perspective, he explains methods of forest management and details the specialized uses for particular tree products, from wood to fruit to chemical compounds. The book closes with an assessment of the prospects for the continued diversity of tree life on this heavily populated planet."
Trees: Their Natural History by
Call Number: 582.16 T366t2014 / ACES
Publication Date: 2014-04-17
Trees are familiar components of many landscapes and have been vital in determining the ecology of our planet as well as the development of human cultures and communities. Yet how much do we really understand about how they work? This updated and revised edition provides a comprehensive introduction to all aspects of tree biology and ecology and presents the state-of-the-art discoveries in this area. The wonders and mysteries of trees are explored throughout the book and questions such as why leaves turn spectacular colours in the autumn, how water reaches the top of the tallest trees, or why the study of genetics has caused so many name changes in trees are all brilliantly answered. Written with a non-technical approach, this book will be a valuable source of reference for students and those with a less formal interest in this fascinating group of plants.
Trees Live Here: The Arboretums of America by
Call Number: 582.16 M147t / ACES
Publication Date: 2013-12-01
Think of an arboretum as a museum for trees-where trees in their wondrous diversity are collected and grown for our appreciation and enjoyment. These are beautiful places, often jewels of their communities. They are visited by millions of people, from parents with strollers to photographers, and from school children to scientists. Trees Live Here: the Arboretums of America, by Susan McDougall, is the first book written to celebrate and call attention to America's arboretums and to share the author's love for trees and the very special gardens that have been created for them and is based upon her visits to 33 of America's arboretums. The book consists of two major parts. The first considers the history of the arboretum as an institution in America, the landscape architects and designers, arboretum practices, conservation and research, the contribution of arboretums to creating a greener and healthier world, and current issues and challenges. The second is devoted to each of the 33 arboretums in turn, discussing its individual history, collections, and special trees, along with information for visitors
Trees of Eastern North America by
Call Number: 582.160974 N333t / ACES
Publication Date: 2014-07-27
Covering 825 species, more than any comparable field guide, Trees of Eastern North America is the most comprehensive, best illustrated, and easiest-to-use book of its kind. Presenting all the native and naturalized trees of the eastern United States and Canada as far west as the Great Plains--including those species found only in tropical and subtropical Florida and northernmost Canada--the book features superior descriptions; thousands of meticulous color paintings by David More that illustrate important visual details; range maps that provide a thumbnail view of distribution for each native species; "Quick ID" summaries; a user-friendly layout; scientific and common names; the latest taxonomy; information on the most recently naturalized species; keys to leaves and twigs; and an introduction to tree identification, forest ecology, and plant classification and structure. The easy-to-read descriptions present details of size, shape, growth habit, bark, leaves, flowers, fruit, flowering and fruiting times, habitat, and range. Using a broad definition of a tree, the book covers many small, overlooked species normally thought of as shrubs. With its unmatched combination of breadth and depth, this is an essential guide for every tree lover. The most comprehensive, best illustrated, and easiest-to-use field guide to the trees of eastern North America Covers 825 species, more than any comparable guide, including all the native and naturalized trees of the United States and Canada as far west as the Great Plains Features specially commissioned artwork, detailed descriptions, range maps for native species, up-to-date taxonomy and names, and much, much more An essential guide for every tree lover
Trees of Illinois by
Call Number: 582.1609773 K474t / ACES
Publication Date: 2007-07-01
This beautifully illustrated and comprehensive work is equally of use to botanists, foresters, horticulturists, and amateur naturalists. Kershaw and Hamilton have crafted 146 accounts describing 213 species, encompassing all native and naturalized trees
Trees of Western North America by
Call Number: 582.160978 Sp32t / ACES
Publication Date: 2014-07-27
Covering 630 species, more than any comparable field guide, Trees of Western North America is the most comprehensive, best illustrated, and easiest-to-use book of its kind. Presenting all the native and naturalized trees of the western United States and Canada as far east as the Great Plains, the book features superior descriptions; thousands of meticulous color paintings by David More that illustrate important visual details; range maps that provide a thumbnail view of distribution for each native species; "Quick ID" summaries; a user-friendly layout; scientific and common names; the latest taxonomy; information on the most recently naturalized species; a key to leaves; and an introduction to tree identification, forest ecology, and plant classification and structure. The easy-to-read descriptions present details of size, shape, growth habit, bark, leaves, flowers, fruit, flowering and fruiting times, habitat, and range. Using a broad definition of a tree, the book covers many small, overlooked species normally thought of as shrubs, as well as treelike forms of cacti and yuccas. With its unmatched combination of breadth and depth, this is an essential guide for every tree lover. The most comprehensive, best illustrated, and easiest-to-use field guide to the Trees of Western North America Covers 630 species, more than any comparable guide, including all the native and naturalized trees of the United States and Canada as far east as the Great Plains. Features specially commissioned artwork, detailed descriptions, range maps for native species, up-to-date taxonomy and names, and much, much more. An essential guide for every tree lover.
The World of Trees by
Call Number: 582.16 J6301w / ACES
Publication Date: 2010-10-18
From well-loved oaks and pines to rare, spectacular species such as the snowbells of Japan, this lavishly illustrated work is an unparalleled guide to more than six hundred of the world’s major forest and garden trees. An excellent resource for gardeners, botanists, and general readers alike, The World of Trees is a tribute to natural beauty by a superb prose stylist, an essential reference, and a practical guide for gardening. Hugh Johnson illuminates his subject in thorough and loving detail: the structure and life cycle of trees, how trees are named, trees and the weather, the use of trees in gardens and landscape design, and tree planting and care. The heart of the volume is a compendium of coniferous and deciduous trees grouped by family, describing and illustrating important species and varieties. It also includes a guide to choosing trees for the garden and an A-Z listing of the most important and popular species and varieties. The World of Trees is a completely revised edition of Hugh Johnson’s classic International Book of Trees featuring new photographs, systematic illustrations of all key tree parts, and current listings for the newest varieties and cultivars