Rainforest book honored

A scholastic book edited by forest ecologist Dominick DellaSala of Talent is included in the annual academic excellence list by Choice magazine, one of the nation's premier review journals for scholarly publications.

The 336-page book, "Temperate and Boreal Rainforests of the World: Ecology and Conservation," is in the "Outstanding Academic Title" list published in the January issue of Choice.

Based in Middletown, Conn., Choice has been a leading review journal for scholarly publications for more than 45 years and the leading North American source for reviews of new scholarly books and electronic resources.

The book, in which DellaSala was also a principal contributing writer with more than 30 rainforest scientists around the globe, was among 629 included in the list that spans 54 disciplines. However, 7,263 books were reviewed out of the more than 25,000 submitted, according to Irving E. Rockwood, the magazine's editor and publisher.

Published by Island Press, the book was the only one to receive the Choice award for academic excellence in 2011. For the book, DellaSala brought together more than 30 forest scientists from around the world to describe the ecology, conservation and threats to rainforests temperate rainforests from Australia to the Oregon and California coastal range.

"Eloquently written, this valuable compendium should be enjoyed and pondered by a diverse audience ranging from students to policy makers," reviewer L. M. Nagel of Michigan Technological University wrote of the book in a Choice review last year.

"This worldwide vision makes the imperative need for preservation of these rain forests compelling," he added later. "Summing Up: Highly recommended."

The Choice award will help focus attention on the globe's vanishing temperate rainforests, said DellaSala, 54, the chief scientist and president of the Ashland-based Geos Institute.

"It's great to get that kind of recognition," he said. "The intention of the book is to shine the global spotlight on these rainforests."

— Paul Fattig

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