Video: Longleaf, Far as the Eye Can See book trailer

Longleaf forests once covered 92 million acres from Texas to Maryland to Florida.  These grand old-growth pines were the “alpha tree” of the largest forest ecosystem in North America and have come to define the southern forest. But a complex web of factors has reduced those forests so that longleaf is now found only on 3 million acres. Fortunately, longleaf forests are once again spreading across the South. Blending a compelling narrative by writers Bill Finch, Rhett Johnson, and John C. Hall with Beth Maynor Young’s breathtaking photography, Longleaf, Far as the Eye Can See: A New Vision of North America’s Richest Forest invites readers to experience the astounding beauty and significance of the majestic longleaf ecosystem.

In a new book trailer, the authors share their impressions of the book’s significance. Amazed by the final product, they explain what the Longleaf forest once meant to the South and what it could one day mean again. Filmed in the serenity of a longleaf forest, the book trailer not only introduces audiences to the authors, but also provides a glimpse at the book’s sublime photography.

Bill Finch is senior fellow at the Ocean Foundation and executive director of the Mobile Botanical Gardens. Beth Maynor Young is a conservation photographer and a conservation realtor. Rhett Johnson is cofounder and president of the Longleaf Alliance, Inc. John C. Hall is curator of the Black Belt Museum at the University of West Alabama. Young and Hall are coauthors of Headwaters: A Journey on Alabama Rivers.