The Journeys of Trees

The Journeys of Trees

A Story About Forests, People, and the Future

Book - 2020 | First edition.
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"An eye-opening investigation into forest migration past and present--and the people fighting to save its uncertain future. Forests are restless. Any time a tree dies or a new one sprouts, the forest that includes it has shifted. Today, however, an array of obstacles--humans felling trees by the billions, invasive pests transported through global trade--threaten to overwhelm these vital movements. Worst of all, the climate is changing faster than ever before, and forests are struggling to keep up. A deft blend of science reporting and travel writing, The Journeys of Trees examines the evolving movements of forests by focusing on five types of tree: giant sequoia, ash, black spruce, Florida torreya, and Monterey pine. Journalist Zach St. George reads fossils that show the paths of ancient forests, introduces lively characters on the conservation front lines-such as an ecologist studying droughts and an evolutionary evangelist with plans to save a dying species--and reveals how we can all help our trees, and our planet, survive and thrive"--Provided by publisher.
Publisher: New York, NY : W.W. Norton & Company, [2020]
Edition: First edition.
Copyright Date: ©2020
ISBN: 9781324001607
1324001607
Branch Call Number: 333.7516 STGEO
Characteristics: 244 pages ; 25cm

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Aug 25, 2020

The stories of the Florida Torreya and of the Giant Sequoias are woven throughout the chapters of this book about the threats facing forests and individual trees species, and what this might mean to humanity. Species have come and gone, moved north and south with glaciation, and evolved to succeed under new conditions. However, the speed of change due to climate change, invasive species, introduced pests and diseases, and loss of suitable habitat means that trees are dying because they cannot move or adapt fast enough. The plight of the Torreya and Sequoia, the boreal forest, ashes, elms, and chestnuts illustrates the intervention decisions facing conservationists: assisted migration, relocation, genetic modification, and introduced counterpests - any of which could have unforeseen effects on local ecologies. The Journeys of Trees covers evenhandedly the pros and cons of intervening to save trees, but makes it quite clear what we will be losing.

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