MORGANTOWN, W.Va. (AP) — A book with more than 120 colorful images is the first in a new Central Appalachian Natural History series coming from West Virginia University Press.

WVU Press says Stephen Stevenson's "A Natural History of the Central Appalachians" is a concise and accessible approach to the biology and ecology of the region's ridges, valleys and plateaus.

It focuses on western and southwestern Virginia, eastern and central West Virginia, western Maryland, and a portion of south-central and southwestern Pennsylvania.

The newly published book also explores how human activity is affecting and could affect the region.

Stephenson was a biology professor at Fairmont State University for 27 years and is now a research professor at the University of Arkansas.