Conifer Country is an innovative natural history and hiking guide that uses conifers as a lens to explore the astounding plant diversity in the Klamath Mountains.
Educator, plant explorer, and author Michael Kauffmann introduces readers to the magic of this little known botanical wonderland through:
- The most accurate range maps ever created for conifers in northwest California and southwest Oregon
- Lively species descriptions
- Color plates to assist in identifying 35 conifers
- 29 hike descriptions with maps to explore the conifer diversity
- Stunning photos from across the Klamath Mountain region
John Muir would have loved this book. California’s matchless diversity of pines, firs, sequoias and other genera was very close to his heart, and Conifer Country approaches the subject in a way that he would have thoroughly approved… Michael’s attitude toward the trees is very much in Muir’s tradition, seeing them not just as objects of study − “plants,” part of “the scenery,” − but as highly evolved beings, companions and friends on the path of life, and that comes across strongly in Conifer Country’s lively descriptions of the species and their wild environments… Anyone who wants to know why the region’s forest biodiversity is considered a biotic treasure of primary international importance can now buy this book, access its extraordinary wealth of information, and take some of the hikes it recommends.
–David Rains Wallace author of
The Klamath Knot, Neptune’s Ark,
The Turquoise Dragon, Beasts of Eden, and Chuckwalla Land (among others)
Michael Kauffmann has prepared a feast for all conifer lovers. The banquet consists of 35 courses (species), with 29 adventures skillfully road-tested and with clear maps for hikes to savor them all. One thing immediately becomes clear from reading Michael’s book: the extraordinary love and contagious enthusiasm he has for his subject. Novice and professional alike will find much of interest here, and if you do not follow at least a dozen of Michael’s directions for hikes, I would be very surprised. Readers beware: you are about to become infected with a love and appreciation for California’s Conifer Country.
-David Charlet author of
Atlas of Nevada Conifers
Annie Miller (verified owner) –
This book is very informative but also fun! Well researched and written, beautiful pictures, and easily referenced. A must have for any outdoor adventurer/ecological enthusiast! We love it!
Brad Marston –
An essential guide to identifying and learning about the diverse species of conifers in the Klamath mountains. The 2nd half of the book guides the reader on 27+ hikes in the region that explore a wide variety of landscapes.
Tuula Rebhahn –
Michael’s passion for conifers is clear, and his long experience identifying and studying these trees comes across in his well articulated descriptions of each species. But the real treasure in this book is the hiking section, which promises years of adventure and discovery. With online access to detailed route descriptions, this book makes it easy to learn and explore! Thank you!
Ba’al the Exalter (verified owner) –
Conifer Country is much more than a hiking guide to the Klamath range. It provides the entire setting for your venture into to the region, it connects you to its history, and inspires you to delve deeper into your relationship with the land.
I have lived on the North Coast for years, and have consistently attempted to explore surrounding areas, but often have not known where to begin. This book has allowed me to discover some of the most beautiful wilderness I have ever observed, bringing further appreciation to this corner of California. It has quickly become useful in providing tips to identify conifers when I am not confident in my ID. It comes at a perfect time in life for me, and I am very pleased with my purchase. I think you will be too. He even signed the book – a nice personal touch.
Chad Nelson (verified owner) –
This is a great book for a tree lover like myself. Thank you for creating it!