Protecting the Ash Tree
Tuesday, November 18, 6:00-7:00pm at the Harvard Museum of Natural History, Geological Lecture Hall, 24 Oxford Street, Cambridge
Brown ash trees sustain the ancestral basket-making traditions of the Wabanaki people of Maine and play a key role in their creation myths. These trees are now threatened by the emerald ash borer, a beetle that has already killed millions of ash trees in the eastern United States. Wabanaki tribes and basket makers have joined forces with foresters, university researchers, and landowners to develop and deploy actions aimed at preventing an invasion by this insect. Anthropologist Darren Ranco discusses how the stakeholders involved in this interdisciplinary effort are making use of sustainability science and drawing from Wabanaki forms of diplomacy to influence state and federal responses to the emerald ash borer, and prevent the demise of the ash trees that are so central to Wabanaki culture. Details »
American Canopy: Trees, Forests, and the Making of a Nation
Trees have long inspired Americans as symbols of liberty, community, and civilization. In his book American Canopy, Eric Rutkow digs deep into American history to show how trees and forests were essential to our success as a new nation and to our rise as a global power. Join Eric to hear stories set in New England and beyond, in which trees are perhaps the most consequential silent figures in America’s complicated history. American Canopy: Trees, Forests, and the Making of a Nation, will be available for purchase and signing. Register »
Start planning for Lilac Sunday now as the landscape nestles into its winter slumber. Our annual event will be on Sunday, May 10, 2015.