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The Hidden Life of Trees: What They Feel, How They Communicate--Discoveries from a Secret World (Hardcover)

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By Peter Wohlleben, Tim Flannery (Foreword by), Jane Billinghurst (Translator)
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An utterly charming and fascinating book on current research and forest maintenance methods.
Wohlleben manages an ancient forest in Germany and makes the case that trees are sentient beings, who have social relationships - they live in ‘families’ and share their ‘food’ with each other and a rich, and necessary, underground plant life of fungi who maintain a water supply for their majestic friends. Trees can communicate among themselves, including alerts for impending dangers or invading pestilence. I never knew the significant odds for their reproduction, especially given all those twirly-gigs I rake in the spring! I have a much different, much deeper appreciation of the woods that border my property, as well as an better understanding of the urgent need to preserve and cultivate a population of older trees/forests as a means to protect and conserve our waterways, aquifers, and overall ecological equilibrium on earth.

— From Sara's Picks

September 2016 Indie Next List

“The Hidden Life of Trees reads like a 250-page epiphany. Wohlleben knows trees inside and out, and his revelatory examination of the inner lives of forests provides evidence of what many sensitive nature-lovers long suspected: that trees form friendships, sustain one another, and should be viewed as more than a natural resource. This is the kind of writing that can profoundly affect the way we live on this planet.”
— Stephen Sparks (W), Green Apple Books on the Park, San Francisco, CA


" Peter] Wohlleben has delighted readers and talk-show audiences alike with the news--long known to biologists--that trees in the forest are social beings."
--The New York Times

Are trees social beings? In this international bestseller, which has sold over 2 million copies worldwide, forester Peter Wohlleben reveals the social network of the forest.

The Hidden Life of Trees draws on ground-breaking scientific discoveries to describe how trees are like human families: tree parents live together with their children, they communicate with them, support them as they grow, share nutrients with those who are sick or struggling, and even warn each other of impending dangers. Wohlleben also shares his deep love of woods and forests, explaining the amazing processes of life, death, and regeneration he has observed in his woodland.

A walk in the woods will never be the same again after reading this awe-inspiring book.

Includes a Note From a Forest Scientist, by Dr.Suzanne Simard

About the Author

Peter Wohlleben spent over twenty years working for the forestry commission in Germany before leaving to put his ideas of ecology into practice. He now runs an environmentally-friendly woodland in Germany, where he is working for the return of primeval forests. He is the author of numerous books about trees. Tim Flannery is a scientist, explorer and conservationist. He is a leading writer on climate change and his books include Atmosphere of Hope and The Weather Makers. Jane Billinghurst's career has been in book publishing in the UK, the US, and Canada, as an editor, publisher, writer, and translator. She is the translator of the international bestseller The Hidden Life of Trees by German forester Peter Wohlleben.

Product Details
ISBN: 9781771642484
ISBN-10: 1771642483
Publisher: Greystone Books
Publication Date: September 13th, 2016
Pages: 288
Language: English