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Thomas Jefferson, the Megalonyx, ThomasJefferson width=

and the Legacy

by Clayton E. Ray, H. Gregory McDonald, Fred v. Grady, and Jerry N. McDonald

Thomas Jefferson, an extraordinary communicator, is often considered to be among the most accomplished expressions of the American Enlightenment. Among the many subject areas of interest to Jefferson was natural history, and his writings in this subject area, although rare, were superlative demonstrations of the thoughts of the time and the direction that the youthful science of natural history was moving. This book looks first and foremost at Jefferson’s grasp and practice of science; it focuses in particular upon his efforts to document, describe, interpret, and preserve the remains of parts of the skeleton of an extinct ground sloth from what is now West Virginia, the first extinct land mammal to be described from the continent. Thereafter, it expands upon the science of the ground sloth that has unfolded since he initially authored his account of the existence of this form of life and reviews how Jefferson’s science has been viewed, overlooked, or criticized since he lived and wrote.

• Perfect bound, 6x9; estimated list price $27.95; 978-1-935778-27-1; estimated pagination 200 pages; color and b/w figures; estimated release February 2018.



Outdoor Women inside the Forest ServiceOutdoor Women inside the Forest Service


by Lauren Turner, Foreword by Abigail (Gail) R. Kimbell

The US Forest Service was established in 1905 and for the following 60-70 years was staffed primarily by men engaged in the production and harvest of timber. Social and economic changes that emerged from the civil rights and environmental movements of the 1960s and 1970s, however, changed the scope and priorities of the service and created opportunities for women to find employment within the agency.
Here, career Forest Service employee Lauren Turner offers a brief history of the agency and then profiles the careers of 42 women who have spent most or all of their working lives in that agency. A final chapter provides a frank review of the collective challenges, rewards, and accomplishments of women who have been employed by the Forest Service since the early 1970s.
This review is the first of its kind involving women in the Forest Service and, as such, it adds a rich layer to the history of both the agency and that of modern women. In addition, it serves as a beacon to attract and inform young women of today who might themselves be interested in the outdoor, environmentally important work that is undertaken by the Forest Service.

Outdoor Women inside the Forest Service, 1971–2018 by Lauren Turner. November, 2018; softcover, 6" wide x 9" high, xiv + 452 pages, 176 black-and-white figures; ISBN 978-1-935778-39-4; list price $29.95.