The Man Who Planted Trees: A Story of Lost Groves, the Science of Trees, and a Plan to Save the Planet
New York: Spiegel & Grau, 2012
Inspired by Giono’s tale from 1953, the book follows the endeavors of protagonist David Milarch, a Michigan nurseryman who engages in a study of the oldest trees in the U.S. and attempts to copy the genetic material of 826 species of trees. The story is easy to follow and is informed by both scientific knowledge and environmental efforts. It includes detailed descriptions of the role of trees in cleaning pollutants from the air as well as preserving our freshwater systems. The book emphasizes the interdependence of trees not only with their immediate ecosystems but with the planet as a whole.
This book is part of the 2017 Berkeley Summer Reading List. Stay tuned for more weekly posts!