BK 32: (Feb 2, 2021) The Journeys of Trees: A Story about Forests, People, and the Future

 Hi Everyone...

Our Feb 2nd discussion will be on the book The Journeys of Trees: A Story about Forests, People, and the Future by Zach St. George (Jul 14, 2020). 

With 200 reading pages it will be approximately 7 pages a day. 

Check out the Bio & Videos below: 

"An urgent and illuminating portrait of forest migration, and of the people studying the forests of the past, protecting the forests of the present, and planting the forests of the future.

Forests are restless. Any time a tree dies or a new one sprouts, the forest that includes it has shifted. When new trees sprout in the same direction, the whole forest begins to migrate, sometimes at astonishing rates. 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 explores the evolving movements of forests by focusing on five trees: giant sequoia, ash, black spruce, Florida torreya, and Monterey pine. Journalist Zach St. George visits these trees in forests across continents, finding sequoias losing their needles in California, fossil records showing the paths of ancient forests in Alaska, domesticated pines in New Zealand, and tender new sprouts of blight-resistant American chestnuts in New Hampshire. Everywhere he goes, St. George meets lively people on conservation’s front lines, from an ecologist studying droughts to an evolutionary evangelist with plans to save a dying species. He treks through the woods with activists, biologists, and foresters, each with their own role to play in the fight for the uncertain future of our environment.

An eye-opening investigation into forest migration past and present, The Journeys of Trees examines how we can all help our trees, and our planet, survive and thrive."

Moving the Giants: An Urgent Plan To Save The Planet
Ancient Tree Archive

Another video you may be interested in watching:

BURNED: Are Trees the New Coal? 12-4-18 Private from Marlboro Productions on Vimeo.

This is what we discussed during our meeting:

* Whether we liked the book or not

* Assisted Migration (good/bad)

* Ash Trees & Emerald Ash Beetle

* Seeds coming from China recently

* Einstein bomb/letters

* Trees moving on their own  & are they moving enough with climate change

* Author up 200ft in tree getting cones

* Respiration of trees

* Douglas dying and his trials and tribulations

* 9th grade boy who was inspired by Wangari Maathai and both of their tree planting initiatives

* Clark Nutcracker bird...remembers 90% of the 30,000 nuts burys...but now I'm seeing up to 100,000 nuts online. Here is a video to start with but I made the point that some of those seeds it does not remember may end up growing into trees. :-)

* Books mentioned in the book

* Names mentioned in book

* Book I'm reading, "Forest Bathing: How Trees Can Help You Find Health and Happiness" by Dr. Ging Li

* Sequoias

* Torreyas

* Redwoods

* Burial (Cremation) planted with tree

** If there is anything we discussed that I have forgotten, please email me and let me know!