Central Massachusetts Perspectives

John S. Burk

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While less-known than popular destinations such as Cape Cod and the Berkshires, the Valley region of western and central Massachusetts is home to a wealth of natural areas, picturesque countryside, abundant wildlife, and historic sites connected by the watersheds of some of New England’s most scenic rivers. Among the areas featured are the Deerfield River and Mohawk Trail, the National Wild and Scenic Westfield River, Quabbin Reservoir, southern New England’s largest conservation area, the North Quabbin Bioreserve, and the Connecticut River, one of America’s most celebrated waterways. In addition to its diverse natural features, the region boasts a rich human history that includes the construction of the Hoosac Tunnel and Keystone Arches Railroad Bridges, the discovery of dinosaur tracks in the Connecticut Valley, King Philip’s War, Shay’s Rebellion, the great storms and floods of the 1930s, and the controversial creation of Quabbin and Wachusett Reservoirs.

Size: 9 1/8" x 8 1/8" | 155 color & b/w photos | 128 pp
ISBN13: 9780764347047

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John Burk is an outdoor writer, photographer, and historian who has published books and guides on New England natural areas, wildlife, hiking trails, and covered bridges. He has also contributed to AMC Outdoors, Northern Woodlands, Natural New England, and Sanctuary magazines. John maintains a growing stock photo file from his explorations both close to and away from his home in Massachusetts. He worked for 10 years as a historical researcher and archivist at Harvard Forest and has affiliations with a number of conservation and tourism groups.