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Louisiana is one of the most beautiful parts of North America. It offers much more than Mardi Gras and Bourbon Street. With 25 maps and 60 illustrations, this is the first book to introduce the full range of wild places in Louisiana.

Certainly the state’s magnificent swamps are described, but Louisiana showcases a great diversity of natural habitats— prairies, longleaf pine savannas, oak forests, Appalachian forest, river valleys, cliffs, sand dunes, and cheniers.  Each has its distinctive plant and animal species.  Frogs living in trees, fish digging burrows, pelicans nesting on offshore islands and plants eating insects, as well as wild orchids, dwarf palmettos, armadillos, and … much much more.

Some of my favorite places to visit are highlighted and I describe the challenge of conserving wild places for the enjoyment of future generations. The book is titled for the water that carries the earth that builds Louisiana, and the fires that create the prairies, pine forests, and savannas.  

Water, Earth, Fire: Louisiana's Natural Heritage

  • Dr. Paul Keddy has been a professor of ecology for 30 years, and has published over 100 scholarly papers and six books. He has been designated a Highly Cited Researcher ( In 2007 he was awarded the Merit Prize by the Society of Wetland Scientists, and the National Wetlands Award for Science Research by the Environmental Law Institute. In 2017 he also received the Lifetime Achievement Award from SWS. Although he has worked on many types of plant communities and a broad array of ecological questions, the focus of his work has been upon the principles that organize plant communities, with particular emphasis upon wetlands.

  • ISBN: 1436362334
    6 x 9 Paperback
    232 Pages
    Published: December 20, 2008
    Features: Illustrated, Maps, Bibliography, Index

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