February 26, 2024

‘Magnificent Trees of Indiana’

Book celebrates Indiana trees, nature

“Magnificent Trees of Indiana” is a full-color coffee table book featuring photographs, facts and observations about nature in Indiana.

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. — “Magnificent Trees of Indiana” is a perfect book for nature enthusiasts, with more than 200 photographs of Indiana’s tree and old-growth forest remnants.

The book was written by Carroll D. Ritter, a retired science teacher with a lifelong interest in trees and wildflowers.

“In ‘Magnificent Trees of Indiana,’ Ritter takes readers across the state to witness places and scenes harboring benign giants that delight your mind to the point of committing to visit them yourself,” said forester John Stambaugh.

“For many of these places or specimen trees, I now feel I must go there, I must see it for myself, but if that cannot be, then I feel content that the passages and photos have taken me there instead.”

The book is ideal for nature lovers and outdoor enthusiasts.

Fast facts from the book:

• Indiana ranks first nationwide in production of wood office furniture and kitchen cabinet manufacturing.

• It is estimated that forestry contributes over $10 billion to Indiana’s economy through direct and related employment and products.

• Some 70,000 people are involved in the chain, from logging up through manufacturing, distribution and retail sales.

• Orchards around the state are extremely valuable and productive in supplying foods for local consumers, as well as regional sales. Fruit trees contribute apples, peaches, plums and cherries.

• Indiana is the 15th largest producer of apples in the country, with 4,000 acres in trees and an annual production of 1.2 million bushels.

“Historical progression has in many ways enabled us in this modern age to consider wiser stewardship and more fully utilize multiple-use management concepts,” Ritter writes.

“Since 87% of Indiana’s 4.9 million acres of forest are privately owned, an emphasis on education and good forest stewardship is important for all.”

The book can be purchased on Amazon or the Purdue University Press website.

Erica Quinlan

Erica Quinlan

Field Editor