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Wildflowers of Pigeon Mountain:
Including Lookout Mountain, Cloudland Canyon State Park and Chickamauga Natonal Military Park in Norhtwest Georgia
Author Elbert H. "Jay" Clark
ISBN 0-9761033-1-1    or   978-0-9761033-1-8
Publisher Waldenhouse Publishers, Inc.
Description Hardback with full color cover and jacket.
160 pages; alk. paper; 8.5" x 11" $29.95
Availability September 2005
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Jay Clark
1120 Shinbone Valley Road
LaFayette, Georgia 30728
Color photographs of 374 of the most commonly occurring wildflowers found in and around the tri-state area of northwest Georgia, northeast Alabama and southern Tennessee. Captions are written in layman’s terms and photos are organized by color to help the amateur easily identify flowering plants, vines, shrubs, and trees by common and scientific names. Includes bibliographical refrerences and index.

•Includes rare and protected plants found on Pigeon Mountain, Lookout Mountain and the surrounding Ridge and Valley province.
•Includes a plant checklist for the Shirley Miller Wildflower Trail, a state-designated natural area found on Pigeon Mountain.
•Applicable to many parts of the Eastern Deciduous Forest.

Library of Congress CIP Data:
1. Wild flowers--Georgia--Pigeon Mountain (Walker County)--Identification. 2. Wild
flowers--Georgia--Identification. 3. Wild flowers--Georgia--Pigeon Mountain (Walker
County)--Pictorial works. 4. Wild flowers--Georgia--Pictorial works. I. Title.
QK155.C53 2005
582.13’09758’33--dc22 2005015645



What readers are saying

  • Excellent photos and concise, easy-to-read text will be a great help to the amateur wildflower enthusiast. Wildflowers of Pigeon Mountain is the best wildflower book that focuses on the Chattanooga area. The brilliant color photos really bring the flowers to life. This book is a must for outdoor enthusiasts.
    --Kyle Waggener, Lead Naturalist, Chattanooga Nature Center
  • The excellent photographs in Wildflowers of Pigeon Mountain will help identify many of the flowering plants of Pigeon Mountain and the surrounding regions.
    --Dr. Gene Van Horn, Professor, University of Tennessee at Chattanooga
  • Most wildflower books feature the common, showy plants. Jay Clark uses a different approach, based on his experiences in the wildflower habitats of Northwest Georgia. Included in this well-illustrated volume with over 300 simple and clear descriptions are several more locally distributed plants which are given fair treatment as well.
    The tri-state region where Georgia, Tennessee and Alabama meet has cedar glades, oak-pine uplands, sandstone outcroppings, cove hardwoods with knockout displays of spring wildflowers, seepy limestone flats, and springruns. A distinctive flora has evolved in the varied habitats of the Lookout Mountain Plateau and adjacent southern Appalachian valleys and ridges. This makes the book a treasure trove for any natural history buff. In no other region will you find snow-wreath, twinleaf, Cumberland rose-gentian, mountain skullcap and at least six trilliums growing on the same mountain. And with no other book can you so easily find their names.
    --Tom Patrick, State Botanist, Georgia Department of Natural Resources
      Elbert H. “Jay” Clark is a graduate of the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga where he was a member of Delta Tau Omega and Beta Beta Beta honor societies. Mr. Clark received research grants for work in paleo-ecology and modern ecology. He holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in geology and a Master of Educationdegree in combined sciences with teachercertification in physics, chemistry, biology,geology and mathematics. He taught geology laboratory at the Universityof Tennessee at Chatta-nooga. He was a Distinguished Military Graduate and was commissioned as an officer in the United States Army. He is a retired science teacher having taught life science,biology, geology and physical sciences for thirty years in Catoosa County, Georgia.
      After retirement, he was employed with Jacksonville State University (Alabama) in field archeology and is presently a volunteer with the Georgia Department of Natural Resources (DNR) working on various wildlife habitat management projects. He is a member of the Georgia Botanical Society, the Georgia Native Plant Society, the Walker County Historical Society and the Central States Archeological Society. He is also a member of the Georgia Wildlife Federation, an affiliate of the Natonal Wildlife Federation.
      The author works with DNR in tracking protected plants of northwest Georgia. He also acts as the local steward for the Georgia Botanical Gardens in monitoring plant propagation projects. Mr. Clark is a naturalist with a lifelong interest in all sciences, especially botany and geology. He lives with his wife, Susan, on the lower slopes of Pigeon Mountain in northwest Georgia.
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