As part of our occasional series on Reading off the Charts, West By Northwest.org is honored to introduce readers to a remarkable book by garden writer Amy Stewart. She and her publisher kindly gave permission to excerpt a chapter of THE EARTH MOVED: On the Remarkable Achievements of Earthworms about the dark side of earth worms.
ARTICLES BY THIS AUTHOR:
There can be too much of a good thing: “Cindy (Hale) didn’t set out to study worms. She began her work as a forest ecologist, and in the process she and her colleagues noticed something changing in Minnesota’s forests. Ferns were disappearing, wildflowers had all but vanished, and young tree seedlings couldn’t take root. Forestry experts couldn’t figure out what was happening, but they knew the forest couldn’t survive without this critical understory of small plants. The understory was dying.”
Jul 8, 2005