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Between Earth and Sky: Our Intimate Connections to Trees

Articles: Between Earth and Sky: Our Intimate Connections to Trees

The author of this exquisite and engaging reference is a forest canopy researcher, a professor at Evergreen State University who has spent many years working in the treetops in Costa Rica. She is president of the International Canopy Network. Trees are her profession and her passion. Her goal is to expose readers to a more extensive appreciation for the place and utility of trees on our planet. To this end, she employs Maslow’s hierarchy of needs and, chapter by chapter, describes the ways that trees fulfill those needs on each level: physical, security, health, play and imagination, time and history, symbols and language, spirituality, and mindfulness.

Such an endeavor certainly has the potential to be dry and pedantic, but Nadkarni’s science is imbued with anecdote, philosophy, and poetry that lifts the reader to a higher sense of appreciation and purpose. Historical perspective, fascinating examples, and personal experience help to express the enthusiasm and energy of the author in her passion for trees.

Beginning with What is a Tree? she establishes a baseline of the physical nature and structure of a tree, classification modalities, strengths, weaknesses, taxonomy, and i...

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