Witness Tree: A Year in the Forest

April 14, 2017

Witness Tree book jacket

Witness Tree: A Year in the Forest

Lynda Mapes, 2014-2015 Bullard Fellow in Forest Research, Harvard Forest, and Staff Reporter, The Seattle Times

1 Session: Friday, May 5, 6:00pm
Reception, Reading, Signing
Location: Hunnewell Building

Ever wonder about the inside of a tree or how a tree functions? Or, what a single tree can tell us about climate? Reporter Lynda Mapes spent a year embedded with scientists at the Harvard Forest to explore a single, 100-year old oak, from the symbiotic relationships in and around its roots and branches to the daily and seasonal changes of the canopy. Hear Lynda speak about her experience studying a rooted tree for a year and how this specimen is one of many in the remarkable, six-state recovery of forests that is underway on former farmland throughout New England. Her book, Witness Tree, will be available for purchase and signing.
Free, registration requested

Register at my.arboretum.harvard.edu or call 617-384-5277.

From the New York Times Book Review, Sunday, March 19, 2017

“Witness Tree” …gets at sweeping ideas by looking at one century-old oak tree in Massachusetts. Among many other subjects — forest regeneration, acorn production, pollen records — Mapes has plenty to say about our early spring(s). “Climate change, the trees, streams, and puddles, and birds, bugs, and frogs, attest, is not a matter of opinion or belief,” she writes. “It is an observable fact.”

From Kirkus Reviews, which gave Witness Tree a starred review, February 17, 2017

“A textured story of a rapidly changing natural world and our relationship to it, told through the lens of one tree over four seasons…A meticulously, beautifully layered portrayal of vulnerability and loss, renewal and hope, this extensively researched yet deeply personal book is a timely call to bear witness and to act in an age of climate-change denial.”

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