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If you love trees, read this book. If you don't love trees, force yourself to read this book.
on March 3, 2012
This book promises to mean as much to me as Masanobu Fukuoka's The One-Straw Revolution. The Man who planted trees doesn't have all the answers, but it starts to ask some of the questions.
Since it's a story for human beings to read, it is about human beings as well as trees, particularly about David Milarch, as unlikely a hero to save the planet as you're likely to find, except that he grew up working in the family tree nursery. Don't take his story at face value, but take it as you find it.
Of course, we can't have a story about a man who planted trees without talking about trees. Each one of these chapters is named for a tree, and the love of trees permeates every page. As a person who has always loved trees and whose grandfather and father have always planted trees, I was moved to tears many times in reading this small volume. Though some of the mystical ideas are just not going to fit into my current world view, I don't mind, as long as we get some trees planted!
Like me, you may be moved to tears, but like me, I hope that you are also moved to take action. Even if it's not the right time of year, even if the conditions aren't ideal, even if you can think of any number of other reasons not to, plant a tree! Plant a grapefruit seed in a paper cup full of dirt, if that's all you can do today. More plantings will follow.
I was going to suggest passing this book along after you've read it, but I won't be able to. I expect to find ideas, resources and inspiration in this book for a very long time to come.