Engage in the life stories of fourteen people whose lives have been shaped by trees featuring the true stories of a tree doctor, big tree hunter Will Blozan, Plant Amnesty’s pruner, and ninety-four-year-old logger Merve Wilkinson. Also interviewed is Vietnam veteran Bud Pearson, whose post-traumatic stress disorder found healing and acceptance as a wood carver in the wilds of Montana, as well as Andy Lipkis, founder of TreePeople, who has spent thirty-five years ripping up concrete in L.A. to plant over two million trees in an effort to stop flooding and reduce air pollution. Each tree keeper reveals the inspiration and organization behind their advocacy with detailed explanations and touching stories of how their lives have come to be shaped by the forests they are fighting to preserve. Keepers of the Trees includes stories from all over North America, including Vancouver, Chicago, L.A., and Montana.
This book includes one hundred color photographs of the tree keepers in action as well as diagrams illustrating the keepers’ work. These are inspirational stories of conservation, healing, passion, and advocacy for any classroom, conservationist, activist, and nature lover.
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Ann Linnea began her writing career in Utah, authoring hiking and skiing guides during her years as U.S. Forest Service naturalist in the 1970s. Ann co-authored the award-winning Teaching Kids to Love the Earth. In 1992, she became the first woman to circumnavigate Lake Superior by sea kayak (an 1,800-mile journey). Her memoir, Deep Water Passage: A Spiritual Journey at Mid-Life, describes this journey. She lives in Langley, Washington.
Lyanda Lynn Haupt is a naturalist and the author of Crow Planet: Essential Wisdom from the Urban Wilderness, Rare Encounters with Ordinary Birds, and Pilgrim on the Great Bird Continent: The Importance of Everything.
Some people really do hug trees, and for good reasons. As both a naturalist and writer, Linnea wanted to discover what motivated other individuals to dedicate their lives to the protection and appreciation of trees and forests. In cities such as Los Angeles and in wilderness refuges such as the Great Smoky Mountains, Linnea meets passionate tree defenders. Some, like Cass Turnbull and Andy Lipkis, have channeled their enthusiasm to create advocacy groups focused on trees' vital environmental benefits. Others, like Kris Johnson and Will Blozan, work tirelessly to rescue hemlock forests endangered by insect infestation. And still others, like Bud Pearson and Russell Beebe, know that trees themselves have stories to tell and use their artistic talents to bring those tales to life. A bright and breezy writer, Linnea adroitly evokes the infectious enthusiasm felt by each stalwart “tree hugger,” enriching each vibrant profile with keen respect for her subjects' altruistic stewardship. --Carol Haggas
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