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July 8, 2011

UI Press releases third edition of 'Forest and Shade Trees of Iowa'

The third edition of 'Forest and Shade Trees of Iowa,' by Peter J. van der Linden and Donald R. Farrar, is now available from the Bur Oak Guides series of the University of Iowa Press.

The book is available at bookstores or directly from the UI Press, 800-621-2736 or Customers in Europe, the Middle East or Africa may order from Eurospan Group at

The new edition has been updated and reorganized. A complete guide to Iowa's trees, both native and introduced, full of hundreds of color photos, this new edition of "Forest and Shade Trees of Iowa" is designed to be useful to arborists, foresters, horticulturists, landscape architects, gardeners and all Iowans and midwesterners who appreciate the beauty and value of trees and want to learn more about them.

John Pearson, an ecologist with Iowa Department of Natural Resources, commented, "Amateur naturalists, professional scientists and landowners in Iowa and beyond —- in fact, tree lovers everywhere —- will enjoy this much-anticipated update of a widely used classic.

"There is no better way to learn about the surprising diversity of trees in our prairie state than to have a copy of this book in your library or preferably in your hands while exploring woods, fields, backyards and roadsides."

UI ecologist Cornelia F. Mutel, the author of "The Emerald Horizon: The History of Nature in Iowa" and other books, wrote, "Since it was first published in 1984, 'Forest and Shade Trees of Iowa' has been the definitive reference for Iowa's trees and larger shrubs.

"In this third edition, the book's information has been expanded, freshly rearranged, and augmented with all-color photographs, making it even more accessible to the lay public as well as professional botanists. With the increasing attention now being paid to Iowa's woodland communities and their ecological importance, this book belongs on the desk of everyone who works —- or plays —- with trees and shrubs in Iowa."

Peter van der Linden worked in arboretums and botanical gardens in Iowa, Illinois and Michigan before becoming executive director of Iowa Lakeside Lab in 2007. Donald Farrar is professor emeritus in the department of evolution and organismal biology at Iowa State University.

Bur Oak titles are intended for recreational and professional naturalists as well as all those interested in studying and preserving the habitats, plants and animals of the Upper Midwest.

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