North Carolina’s Wild Piedmont: A Natural History

IMG_20140523_184351 I’m happy to announce The History Press, the UK’s largest publisher of specialist history and natural history, will publish my next book in the summer of 2015, entitled North Carolina’s Wild Piedmont: A Natural History.

When I moved back to North Carolina from Chicago last fall, one of the things I looked forward to most was writing about the most beautiful state on earth again (no offense, Illinois). North Carolina has no glistening metropolis to rival Chicago’s cultural and architectural prestige, but it does have the greatest concentration of natural wonders east of the Continental Divide.

I’ll be traveling to each of the sites listed below later this year to conduct research and take photographs for the book. I’ll be tweeting and instagramming the experience as well, if you’d like to follow along.

Each chapter will focus on one of the Piedmont’s celebrated wild spaces by detailing their geological and ecological profiles, environmental threats, seasonal changes, trails, plants and animals, as well as interviews with local experts and full-color photos.

Wild Piedmont will be like taking a guided tour with a naturalist. The goal is to help readers of all ages and levels of experience gain a deeper appreciation for North Carolina’s wild spaces, including how fragile and threatened they are in the 21st Century.

What’s the Piedmont?
Stretching from the Blue Ridge Escarpment in the West to the fall line in the East, the Piedmont region makes up the “middle third” of North Carolina, a hilly plateau between the mountains and the coastal plain. The NC Piedmont is probably best-known as the epicenter of New South urbanization, including Charlotte, the Piedmont Triad (Greensboro, Winston-Salem, and High Point), and the Research Triangle (Raleigh, Durham, and Chapel Hill), but it’s also home to 11 state parks, 3 state recreational areas, 3 state natural areas, a national wildlife refuge, and a national forest.

State Parks
1. Crowders Mountain
2. Eno River
3. Hanging Rock
4. Haw River
5. Lake Norman
6. Mayo River
7. Medoc Mountain
8. Morrow Mountain
9. Pilot Mountain
10. Raven Rock
11. South Mountains
12. William B. Umstead

Other Wild Places
13. Falls Lake
14. Jordan Lake
15. Hemlock Bluffs
16. Occoneechee Mountain
17. Pee Dee National Wildlife Refuge
18. Uwharrie National Forest

City Escapes
Charlotte, Greensboro, Winston-Salem, Raleigh, Durham, and Chapel Hill

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