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4.0 out of 5 stars If you value trees, here's why, April 7, 2012
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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 is a book about trees. It starts off making an urgent case for the risks of climate change for trees - describing the author's experience with beetle-kill in the forest at his home in Montana. There is so much we don't know, that science doesn't know, about trees and the HUGE benefits they provide, and how truely critical they are for human life.

David Millarch, the "man who planted trees", is a rather interesting character whose life is intertwined with the tree information throughout this book. After a near death experience, he sees a need, to retain the genetics of the best trees against the future risks, and manages to do it. There's some description of the process of taking cuttings and rooting or grafting them. Throughout the book they use the term "clone" which was difficult for me to follow, since at least among fruit/edibles propagation that's not a usual term, but maybe it communicates better to most people.

The book moves from science/ecology/biography/nonprofits into metaphysics, e.g. describes biodynamics and homeopathy (although oddly, not using those terms). While the author tries to be careful, it weakens the science overall. Then, I'm not sure that the plan can even be called a plan. It recommends reforestation and the message is to plant trees, which is good advice, but only addresses people who read the book. I already am planting trees; there's no help in this book for how to get other people to plant trees. He

It was interesting, I did learn a lot about trees and there's a lot of food for thought/more reading here. I wish the whole book was as compelling as the first chapters. I'll be cautious in recommending it, however, due to the metaphysics.
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