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This review is from: The Man Who Planted Trees: Lost Groves, Champion Trees, and an Urgent Plan to Save the Planet (Hardcover)
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This book has something for everyone about trees; the science, art, spirituality, extreme tree climbing, medicine, healing, activism, history, personal stories, and more.
I was fascinated by this book because I've always been attracted to trees. My friend says a walk in the woods is better than therapy any day, of which this book proves that can be true. This is the first book I've read on trees, so I apologize for repeating anything that is well known to tree lovers.
"Trees and plants are far savvier then is generally believed, and are much more than sticks of wood with leaves." The author states and shows us why in this book. There are so many sophisticated chemical interactions, healing properties, energies and undiscovered knowledge. So little is known about trees and they are being threatened on many fronts. This surprised me, 54% of the USA lower 48 states are fragmented forests. These old growth forests that provide genetic diversity and resilience and adaptation are disappearing. The implication of this loss is potentially huge to Earth. There are many studies showing the benefits of trees. Intuitively some people and cultures know trees are valuable assets. One of the studies shows the people who spend time among trees have a lower stress chemical, pulse rates, nervous system activity, and are more relaxed. Another study showed the growth cycles of trees are related to the cycles of energies in the sun and other stars. Another study proves how tree roots clean up chemicals and prevent them from poisoning large bodies of water. It is conservatively estimated that one tree over a fifty year lifetime provides over $162,000 USD in ecosystem services such as pollution control, cooling, and soil erosion.
The facts and research convinced me of the significance of trees and forest. The emotional content a few times caused sniffles.
David Milarch story of cloning champion trees is woven throughout the book. It is an interesting story; it easily could be its own book or movie. It has lots of action, emotions, ups and downs, and hopefully ends in wild triumphant success. Restore the forests and help the planet heal is his mission.
I was fascinated by the topic and the book. Its great writing that integrates fact and fiction. A few chapters at the end felt disconnected like independent magazine articles.