Wild North Carolina

Discovering the Wonders of Our State's Natural Communities

By David Blevins, Michael P. Schafale

184 pp., 10 x 9, 118 color illus., index

  • Hardcover ISBN: 978-0-8078-3467-1
    Published: April 2011
  • E-book EPUB ISBN: 978-0-8078-7779-1
    Published: April 2011
  • E-book PDF ISBN: 979-8-8908-8451-0
    Published: April 2011

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Celebrating the beauty, diversity, and significance of the state's natural landscapes, Wild North Carolina provides an engaging, beautifully illustrated introduction to North Carolina's interconnected webs of plant and animal life. From dunes and marshes to high mountain crags, through forests, swamps, savannas, ponds, pocosins, and flatrocks, David Blevins and Michael Schafale reveal in words and photographs natural patterns of the landscape that will help readers see familiar places in a new way and new places with a sense of familiarity.

Wild North Carolina introduces the full range of the state's diverse natural communities, each brought to life with compelling accounts of their significance and meaning, arresting photographs featuring broad vistas and close-ups, and details on where to go to experience them first hand. Blevins and Schafale provide nature enthusiasts of all levels with the insights they need to value the state's natural diversity, highlighting the reasons plants and animals are found where they are, as well as the challenges of conserving these special places.

About the Authors

David Blevins is a nature photographer and forest ecologist. His work is inspired by an appreciation of the natural patterns found in what at first seems to be a chaotic world.
For more information about David Blevins, visit the Author Page.

Michael P. Schafale has worked as a community ecologist for the North Carolina Natural Heritage Program for twenty-seven years, focusing on the classification, tracking, conservation, and stewardship of natural communities.
For more information about Michael P. Schafale, visit the Author Page.


"Wild North Carolina is a beautifully illustrated book that seeks to teach us how to read North Carolina's varied landscapes, helps us understand the many marvelous natural processes that maintain these landscapes, and provides a stirring call for the conservation of threatened communities."—Lawrence Earley, author of Looking for Longleaf

"Blevins and Schafale's powerful imagery and description of North Carolina's natural communities reveal why North Carolina stands in the top echelon among American states for the exceptional diversity and beauty of its natural ecosystems and landscapes. Wild North Carolina calls for us to defend our state's natural creation against thoughtless, shortsighted exploitation."—Chuck Roe, southeastern U.S. regional program director for the Land Trust Alliance

"Wonderful! Wild North Carolina took me back to many of the special wild places that I have explored and gave me an even greater understanding of the complexity and delicate balance of our state's natural communities and their need for conservation. This book is an educational and inspirational boon for a new generation of environmental stewards."—Betsy Bennett, director, North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences

"Most North Carolinians appreciate the beauty of our state, but not many understand its ecological complexity and amazing diversity. This book is a celebration for those who have been involved in conservation and an inspiration to get everyone else to join in protecting our natural heritage."—Katherine Skinner, executive director, The Nature Conservancy of North Carolina

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