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Daniel Johnson, Raquel Partelli Feltrin: Trees are dying of thirst in the Western drought – here’s what’s going on inside their veins

Like humans, trees need water to survive on hot, dry days, and they can survive for only short times under extreme heat and dry conditions.

June 30, 2021 · 5 Comments

Sarah Boon: Finding the Mother Tree

In “Finding the Mother Tree,” forest ecologist Suzanne Simard illuminates the complicated and intimate world of trees.

June 27, 2021 · 4 Comments

Yadvinder Malhi: Observing nature in your backyard is not dull but radically significant

Every decade is warmer than the last, spring is earlier and the weather more erratic. The web of life is shifting and reweaving in complex ways…

April 19, 2021 · 1 Comment

Molly Fisk: Native Landscape

Back then, the new growth on redwoods was the brightest
green and tasted of citrus, a good vitamin source if you were lost
in the woods, which I wasn’t, I was pure found girl skipping…

October 19, 2020 · 1 Comment

Kathryn Levy: They

They scare us with headlights. They swerve
into our bodies. They surround us with houses
and ten foot high fences.

September 23, 2020 · 2 Comments

Michael Simms: A Brief History Of Tree Hugging

The first tree huggers were 294 men and 69 women belonging to the Bishnois branch of Hinduism, who, in 1730, died while trying to protect the trees in their village from being turned into the raw material for building a palace. They literally clung to the trees, while being slaughtered by the foresters.

June 27, 2020 · 10 Comments

Isabella Kaminski: Combating Climate Change through Re-forestation

Reforestation must be done in collaboration with those directly affected; after all, there was usually a human reason why the forest was cut down or degraded in the first place.

December 17, 2019 · Leave a comment

Sandra McPherson: Far Away in Time, the Senses Return to Me as I Identify with That Tree

The way the lightning-split
willow was tugged,
wandy and half still alive,
It refused to uncork.

September 20, 2019 · Leave a comment

Eva-Maria Simms: Letter from my 60th Birthday

I broke into tears before the great abbey door because the lament of the elements had overwhelmed my heart.

August 18, 2019 · 8 Comments

Sandra Lubarsky: Speak the Name of Beauty

So beneficial is exposure to the natural world that a new global movement has arisen to declare access to nature a human right.

August 6, 2019 · Leave a comment

Andrew J. Bacevich: The Great Reckoning

From our present vantage point, it seems clear that, by 2019, the United States had passed a point of no return. In retrospect, this was the moment when indications of things gone fundamentally awry should have become unmistakable

July 26, 2019 · Leave a comment

Video: Travel Deep Inside a Leaf

To really get to know the tallest trees in the world, start with their leaves.

July 19, 2019 · 2 Comments

Vandana Shiva: Everything I Need to Know I Learned in the Forest

The war against the Earth began with this idea of separateness. Its contemporary seeds were sown when the living Earth was transformed into dead matter to facilitate the industrial revolution. Monocultures replaced diversity. “Raw materials” and “dead matter” replaced a vibrant Earth.

May 7, 2019 · Leave a comment

Video: One Tree, One Year

. A year-long observation reveals the secret life of a tree and its animal visitors. An inspired filmmaking experiment, One Tree, One Year observes a year in the life of … Continue reading

April 21, 2018 · 1 Comment

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