New Book – The Natural Communities of Georgia

The Natural Communities of GeorgiaThe Natural Communities of Georgia
by Leslie Edwards, Jonathan Ambrose, and L. Katherine Kirkman

From The University of Georgia Press:

The Natural Communities of Georgia presents a comprehensive overview of the state’s natural landscapes, providing an ecological context to enhance understanding of this region’s natural history.

Georgia boasts an impressive range of natural communities, assemblages of interacting species that have either been minimally impacted by modern human activities or have successfully recovered from them. This guide makes the case that identifying these distinctive communities and the factors that determine their distribution are central to understanding Georgia’s ecological diversity and the steps necessary for its conservation.

Within Georgia’s five major ecoregions the editors identify and describe a total of sixty-six natural communities, such as the expansive salt marshes of the barrier islands in the Maritime ecoregion, the fire-driven longleaf pine woodlands of the Coastal Plain, the beautiful granite outcrops of the Piedmont, the rare prairies of the Ridge and Valley, and the diverse coves of the Blue Ridge.

The description of each natural community includes

  • Traits that make it interesting and significant
  • Physical factors and ecological processes that determine the distribution and characteristics of each community
  • Typical plant communities
  • Representative or noteworthy animals
  • Sidebars that discuss particularly interesting features

With contributions from scientists who have managed, researched, and written about Georgia landscapes for decades, the guide features more than four hundred color photographs that reveal the stunning natural beauty and diversity of the state. The book also explores conservation issues, including rare or declining species, current and future threats to specific areas, and research needs, and provides land management strategies for preserving, restoring, and maintaining biotic communities.

The Natural Communities of Georgia is an essential reference for ecologists and other scientists, as well as a rich resource for Georgians interested in the region’s natural heritage.


Wow, is this an amazing book. I’ve lived in Georgia my entire life, and this makes me want to get out and explore the state like I’ve never been here before.


The Natural Communities of Georgia
by Leslie Edwards, Jonathan Ambrose, and L. Katherine Kirkman
Hardcover; 702 pages
The University of Georgia Press; February 25, 2013
ISBN: 978-0820330211

Posted by Grant McCreary on February 28th, 2013.

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