The Man Who Planted Trees is the inspiring story of David Milarchâs quest to clone the biggest trees on the planet in order to save our forests and ecosystemâas well as a hopeful lesson about how each of us has the ability to make a difference.âWhen is the best time to plant a tree? Twenty years ago. The second best time? Today.ââChinese proverb Â 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 worldâthe largest, the hardiest, the ones that had survived millennia and were most resilient to climate changeâand create a kind of Noahâs ark of tree genetics. Without knowing if the message had any basis in science, or why heâd been chosen for this task, Milarch began his mission of cloning the worldâs great trees. Many scientists and tree experts told him it couldnât be done, but, twenty years later, his team has successfully cloned some of the worldâs oldest treesâamong them giant redwoods and sequoias. They have also grown seedlings from the oldest tree in the world, the bristlecone pine Methuselah. Â When New York Times journalist Jim Robbins came upon Milarchâs 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 âAbsorbing, eloquent and loving . . . While Robbinsâs tone is urgent, it doesnât compromise his crystal-clear science. . . . Even the smallest details here are fascinating.ââThe New York Times Book Review Â âThis is a story of miracles and obsession and love and survival. Told with Jim Robbinsâs signature clarity and eye for telling detail, The Man Who Planted Trees is also the most hopeful book Iâve read in years. I kept thinking of the end of Saint Francisâs wonderful prayer, âAnd 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.â ââAlexandra Fuller, author of Donât Letâs Go to the Dogs Tonight Â âScientists can be confined by their own thinkingâthey know what they know. Itâs 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.ââRamakrishna Nemani, earth scientistâThis 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 worldâs forests as well as of the stately shade trees in their own backyards.ââBooklist This book was printed in the United States of America on Rolland Enviroâ˘ 100 Book, which is manufactured using FSC-certified 100% postconsumer fiber and meets permanent paper standards.
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