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The Man Who Planted Trees: Lost Groves, Champion Trees, and an Urgent Plan to Save the Planet

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The Man Who Planted Trees is the inspiring story of David Milarch’s quest to clone the biggest trees on the planet in order to save our forests and ecosystem—as well as a hopeful lesson about how each of us has the ability to make a difference.

“When is the best time to plant a tree? Twenty years ago. The second best time? Today.”—Chinese proverb

 

Twenty years ago, David Milarch, a northern Michigan nurseryman with a penchant for hard living, had a vision: angels came to tell him that the earth was in trouble. Its trees were dying, and without them, human life was in jeopardy. The solution, they told him, was to clone the champion trees of the world—the largest, the hardiest, the ones that had survived millennia and were most resilient to climate change—and create a kind of Noah’s ark of tree genetics. Without knowing if the message had any basis in science, or why he’d been chosen for this task, Milarch began his mission of cloning the world’s great trees. Many scientists and tree experts told him it couldn’t be done, but, twenty years later, his team has successfully cloned some of the world’s oldest trees—among them giant redwoods and sequoias. They have also grown seedlings from the oldest tree in the world, the bristlecone pine Methuselah.

 

When New York Times journalist Jim Robbins came upon Milarch’s story, he was fascinated but had his doubts. Yet over several years, listening to Milarch and talking to scientists, he came to realize that there is so much we do not yet know about trees: how they die, how they communicate, the myriad crucial ways they filter water and air and otherwise support life on Earth. It became clear that as the planet changes, trees and forest are essential to assuring its survival.

Praise for The Man Who Planted Trees

“Absorbing, eloquent and loving . . . While Robbins’s tone is urgent, it doesn’t compromise his crystal-clear science. . . . Even the smallest details here are fascinating.”The New York Times Book Review

 

“This is a story of miracles and obsession and love and survival. Told with Jim Robbins’s signature clarity and eye for telling detail, The Man Who Planted Trees is also the most hopeful book I’ve read in years. I kept thinking of the end of Saint Francis’s wonderful prayer, ‘And may God bless you with enough foolishness to believe that you can make a difference in the world, so that you can do what others claim cannot be done.’ ”—Alexandra Fuller, author of Don’t Let’s Go to the Dogs Tonight

 

“Scientists can be confined by their own thinking—they know what they know. It’s amazing for one layman to come up with the idea of saving champion trees as a meaningful way to address the issues of biodiversity and climate change. This could be a grassroots solution to a global problem. A few million people selecting and planting the right trees for the right places could really make a difference.”—Ramakrishna Nemani, earth scientist

“This provocative and stimulating look at an emerging aspect of environmental study should serve as a clarion call to those concerned with the fate of the world’s forests as well as of the stately shade trees in their own backyards.”Booklist

This book was printed in the United States of America on Rolland Enviro™ 100 Book, which is manufactured using FSC-certified 100% postconsumer fiber and meets permanent paper standards.

Review:

"In this scattered environmental call to action, New York Times science writer Robbins examines the 'quiet crisis' of the loss of the world's trees through the lens of Michigan tree farmer David Milarch and his champion tree project. 'Champion' trees have the highest combined height, crown size, and diameter at human breast height. During a near-death experience brought on by a desperate attempt to sober up, Milarch claims to have been visited by angels, who return several months later to outline why they had sent him back to earth: to archive the largest, oldest, and strongest trees with the hopes of cloning forests of them to withstand climate change. Though the archive idea is sound, much of the book focuses on his personal story, and the reader is torn between the important science and the sensational Milarch. Robbins, unfortunately, makes it a priority to stand up for Milarch's personal claims, even though he admits, 'I didn't need to believe that Milarch's deus ex machina is real.' His overt propulsion of Milarch's story detracts from the book's important message: 'planting trees may be the single most important ecotechnology that we have to put the broken pieces of our planet back together.' Agent: Stuart Bernstein, Stuart Bernstein Representation for Artists." Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.

Synopsis:

THIS BOOK JUST MIGHT SAVE THE PLANET

 

“When is the best time to plant a tree? Twenty years ago. The second best time? Today.”—Chinese proverb

 

Twenty years ago, David Milarch, a northern Michigan nurseryman with a penchant for hard living, had a vision: angels came to tell him that the earth was in trouble. Its trees were dying, and without them, human life was in jeopardy. The solution, they told him, was to clone the champion trees of the world—the largest, the hardiest, the ones that had survived millennia and were most resilient to climate change—and create a kind of Noah’s ark of tree genetics. Without knowing if the message had any basis in science, or why he’d been chosen for this task, Milarch began his mission of cloning the world’s great trees. Many scientists and tree experts told him it couldn’t be done, but, twenty years later, his team has successfully cloned some of the world’s oldest trees—among them giant redwoods and sequoias. They have also grown seedlings from the oldest tree in the world, the bristlecone pine Methuselah.

 

When New York Times journalist Jim Robbins came upon Milarch’s story, he was fascinated but had his doubts. Yet over several years, listening to Milarch and talking to scientists, he came to realize that there is so much we do not yet know about trees: how they die, how they communicate, the myriad crucial ways they filter water and air and otherwise support life on Earth. It became clear that as the planet changes, trees and forest are essential to assuring its survival. The Man Who Planted Trees is both a fascinating investigation into the world of trees and the inspiring story of one man’s quest to help save the planet. This book’s hopeful message of what one man can accomplish against all odds is also a lesson about how each of us has the ability to make a difference.

 

This book was printed in the United States of America on Rolland Enviro™ 100 Book, which is manufactured using FSC-certified 100% postconsumer fiber and meets permanent paper standards.

Synopsis:

This book just might save the planet.

 

What would happen if you unplugged the filter of your aquarium? One week later, would the water be clear or would it be murky? And the fish—would they still be alive? According to David Milarch, the charismatic tree planter at the center of The Man Who Planted Trees, trees are the earth’s filter. Without them—and without a systematic effort to find the most resilient trees and plant them where they are needed most—the fate of our planet could be in jeopardy.

 

In The Man Who Planted Trees, New York Times science writer Jim Robbins follows the ten-year odyssey of David Milarch, a Michigan nurseryman who survived a near-death experience, had an otherworldly visitation, and has taken upon himself the mission of saving the trees of the earth—and the earth itself. It is a mission that many once-skeptical scientists now say is looking smarter every day.

About the Author

Jim Robbins is a frequent contributor to the science section of The New York Times. He has written for Smithsonian, Audubon, Vanity Fair, The Sunday Times, Scientific American, The New York Times Magazine, Discover, Psychology Today, Gourmet, and Condé Nast Traveler. He lives in Helena, Montana.

Product Details

ISBN:
9781400069064
Author:
Robbins, Jim
Publisher:
Spiegel & Grau
Subject:
Trees
Subject:
Environmental Studies-Environment
Subject:
Nature Studies-Trees
Copyright:
Publication Date:
20120431
Binding:
HARDCOVER
Language:
English
Illustrations:
5 ILLUSTRATIONS
Pages:
240
Dimensions:
8.5 x 5.9 x 0.93 in 0.88 lb

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"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "In this scattered environmental call to action, New York Times science writer Robbins examines the 'quiet crisis' of the loss of the world's trees through the lens of Michigan tree farmer David Milarch and his champion tree project. 'Champion' trees have the highest combined height, crown size, and diameter at human breast height. During a near-death experience brought on by a desperate attempt to sober up, Milarch claims to have been visited by angels, who return several months later to outline why they had sent him back to earth: to archive the largest, oldest, and strongest trees with the hopes of cloning forests of them to withstand climate change. Though the archive idea is sound, much of the book focuses on his personal story, and the reader is torn between the important science and the sensational Milarch. Robbins, unfortunately, makes it a priority to stand up for Milarch's personal claims, even though he admits, 'I didn't need to believe that Milarch's deus ex machina is real.' His overt propulsion of Milarch's story detracts from the book's important message: 'planting trees may be the single most important ecotechnology that we have to put the broken pieces of our planet back together.' Agent: Stuart Bernstein, Stuart Bernstein Representation for Artists." Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
"Synopsis" by , THIS BOOK JUST MIGHT SAVE THE PLANET

 

“When is the best time to plant a tree? Twenty years ago. The second best time? Today.”—Chinese proverb

 

Twenty years ago, David Milarch, a northern Michigan nurseryman with a penchant for hard living, had a vision: angels came to tell him that the earth was in trouble. Its trees were dying, and without them, human life was in jeopardy. The solution, they told him, was to clone the champion trees of the world—the largest, the hardiest, the ones that had survived millennia and were most resilient to climate change—and create a kind of Noah’s ark of tree genetics. Without knowing if the message had any basis in science, or why he’d been chosen for this task, Milarch began his mission of cloning the world’s great trees. Many scientists and tree experts told him it couldn’t be done, but, twenty years later, his team has successfully cloned some of the world’s oldest trees—among them giant redwoods and sequoias. They have also grown seedlings from the oldest tree in the world, the bristlecone pine Methuselah.

 

When New York Times journalist Jim Robbins came upon Milarch’s story, he was fascinated but had his doubts. Yet over several years, listening to Milarch and talking to scientists, he came to realize that there is so much we do not yet know about trees: how they die, how they communicate, the myriad crucial ways they filter water and air and otherwise support life on Earth. It became clear that as the planet changes, trees and forest are essential to assuring its survival. The Man Who Planted Trees is both a fascinating investigation into the world of trees and the inspiring story of one man’s quest to help save the planet. This book’s hopeful message of what one man can accomplish against all odds is also a lesson about how each of us has the ability to make a difference.

 

This book was printed in the United States of America on Rolland Enviro™ 100 Book, which is manufactured using FSC-certified 100% postconsumer fiber and meets permanent paper standards.

"Synopsis" by , This book just might save the planet.

 

What would happen if you unplugged the filter of your aquarium? One week later, would the water be clear or would it be murky? And the fish—would they still be alive? According to David Milarch, the charismatic tree planter at the center of The Man Who Planted Trees, trees are the earth’s filter. Without them—and without a systematic effort to find the most resilient trees and plant them where they are needed most—the fate of our planet could be in jeopardy.

 

In The Man Who Planted Trees, New York Times science writer Jim Robbins follows the ten-year odyssey of David Milarch, a Michigan nurseryman who survived a near-death experience, had an otherworldly visitation, and has taken upon himself the mission of saving the trees of the earth—and the earth itself. It is a mission that many once-skeptical scientists now say is looking smarter every day.

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