Napa Valley Historical Ecology Atlas (Hardcover)

Exploring a Hidden Landscape of Transformation and Resilience

By Robin Grossinger, Ruth Askevold (Maps by), Ruth Askevold (Designed by)

University of California Press, 9780520269101, 240pp.

Publication Date: March 12, 2012

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How has California’s landscape changed? What did now-familiar places look like during prior centuries? What can the past teach us about designing future landscapes? The Napa Valley Historical Ecology Atlas explores these questions by taking readers on a dazzling visual tour of Napa Valley from the early 1800s onward—a forgotten land of brilliant wildflower fields, lush wetlands, and grand oak savannas. Robin Grossinger weaves together rarely-seen historical maps, travelers’s accounts, photographs, and paintings to reconstruct early Napa Valley and document its physical transformation over the past two centuries. The Atlas provides a fascinating new perspective on this iconic landscape, showing the natural heritage that has enabled the agricultural success of the region today. The innovative research of Grossinger and his historical ecology team allows us to visualize the past in unprecedented detail, improving our understanding of the living landscapes we inhabit and suggesting strategies to increase their health and resilience in the future.

About the Author

Robin Grossinger is Director of the Historical Ecology Program at the San Francisco Estuary Institute.

Praise For Napa Valley Historical Ecology Atlas: Exploring a Hidden Landscape of Transformation and Resilience

“Engaging. . . . Grossinger’s clear prose is accessible for general readers. . . . A rich source of information.”

— David Strauch, University of Hawai’i

“Working with a long list of collaborators, Grossinger unearthed maps, photos, surveys, old postcards and other information that added insight into how Napa has changed over time.”

— Jeanne Carstensen

"The Napa Valley Atlas is visually pleasing, initiating new thought on a dynamic northern California landscape that will be of general interest to public and scientific communities alike."

— Katherine Heslop