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      -----Original Message-----
      From: Jessica Lowther
      To: A.J. Wright
      Sent: 9/27/2002 11:26 AM
      Subject: UAPress Press Release

      NEW RELEASE PAINTS A COMPELLING
      PORTRAIT OF ALABAMA'S DIVERSE
      WETLANDS

      TUSCALOOSA, AL, September 9, 2002-The University of
      Alabama Press is pleased to announce the publication of Discovering
      Alabama
      Wetlands, text by Doug Phillips, photographs by Robert P. Falls Sr.,
      and with a
      foreword by Edward O. Wilson. This visually stunning portrait of
      Alabama's many diverse
      wetland habitats and their associated plants and animals is a
      passionate plea for their thoughtful care and
      protection.

      Alabama could easily be called the "Aquatic State." It has an abundant
      supply of
      rain with countless streams, rivers, lakes, swamps, bogs, bottomlands,
      and
      bays that capture and channel this freshwater. An estimated 20 percent
      of the
      nation's total freshwater works its way through this small physical
      land area that
      ranges from the temperate foothills of the Appalachians to the
      semitropical Gulf
      coast. Alabama's varied watery realms have harbored and continue to
      sustain a
      rich diversity of plant and animal species virtually unequaled on the
      continent.

      With Discovering Alabama Wetlands, ecologist-educator Doug Phillips and

      photographer Robert Falls celebrate these productive natural habitats.
      One
      hundred color photographs and a data-rich text illustrate the natural
      beauty
      and serenity of these special places while explaining their vital role
      in filtering
      toxins and sediment from groundwater, nourishing aquifers, and
      preventing
      flooding. Special focus is given to key areas-Little River Canyon
      National
      Preserve atop Lookout Mountain; Wheeler National Wildlife Refuge in the

      backwater of the Tennessee River, a major attraction for wintering
      waterfowl;
      the 100-mile-long Sipsey River and Swamp, slowly wending its way
      through the
      central part of the state; and the vast Mobile-Tensaw Delta, a
      remarkable inland
      estuary that has been designated a World Wildlife Biosphere. But the
      authors
      also explore lesser coastal estuaries, pitcher-plant bogs, limestone
      seeps, and
      prairie marshes as important mini-habitats supporting rare and
      sometimes
      endemic species.

      This book sounds a strong warning for fragile, dwindling wetlands.
      Phillips
      explains that more than half of the original area of Alabama wetlands-4
      million
      acres-has already been lost to two centuries of excessive timbering
      practices,
      agricultural drainage, suburban sprawl, and siltation. In reasoned,
      direct prose,
      he encourages readers to adopt a proactive attitude in protecting their
      nearby
      wetland areas, areas that will be essential to economic stability and
      the quality
      of life in Alabama for generations. With this beautifully illustrated
      album, Phillips
      and Falls offer their eloquent statement for wetlands protection.

      Whit Gibbons, University of Georgia's Savannah River Ecology Laboratory

      writes, ""This tribute to the inherent biological diversity of Alabama
      and the
      South highlights the natural heritage of a nation."

      According to Douglas E. Jones, coauthor of Fossil Vertebrates of
      Alabama, "Few
      books or articles successfully combine art, aesthetics, and basic
      environmental
      science in a format suitable for the general reader as does this one."

      Doug Phillips is Coordinator for Environmental Information and
      Education with
      the Alabama Museum of Natural History and producer of the award-winning

      Public Television series Discovering Alabama. Robert P. Falls Sr. is a
      professional photographer specializing in wildlife and nature whose
      work has
      been featured in many national publications and whose book Exploring
      Gulf
      Islands National Seashore was published by Globe Pequot in 2001. Edward
      O.
      Wilson is Curator in Entomology and Mellon Professor of the Sciences
      Emeritus
      at Harvard University and Pulitzer Prize-winning author of several
      books,
      including Biophilia and The Diversity of Life.

      -30-

      Discovering Alabama Wetlands
      128 pages, 100 color illustrations
      9 x 11
      ISBN 0-8173-1171-8
      $39.95t cloth
      Publication Date: October, 2002


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