Suzanne Simard--Finding the Mother Tree: Discovering the Wisdom of the Forest (Virtual Event Via the Glencoe Public Library)

We are so happy to the Glencoe Public Library, in partnership with the Friends of the Green Bay Trial and the Glencoe Sustainability Task Force, as they present an illuminating evening with forest ecologist Suzanne Simard on the day of the paperback release of her book, Finding the Mother Tree: Discovering the Wisdom of the Forest. This virtual program is free and open to the public. Click here to register. 

In her book, Dr. Simard reveals forests as not simply the source of timber or pulp, but as complex, interdependent circles of life. Her work has shown us that forests are social entities that communicate their vitality and vulnerabilities through underground networks. Trees perceive one another, learn and adapt their behaviors, recognize neighbors, and remember the past. They elicit warnings and mount defenses. They compete and cooperate. At the center are the mother trees that connect and sustain the community.

"Vivid and inspiring . . . For Simard, personal experience leads to revelation, and scientific revelation leads to personal insight . . . Finding the Mother Tree helps make sense of a forest of mysteries. It might even persuade you that organisms other than ourselves--even fungi--have agency." --Eugenia Bone,The Wall Street Journal

"Simard creates her own complex network in this memoir, by weaving the story of [her] discoveries with vignettes from her past. The themes of her research--cooperation, the legacies that one generation leaves for the next, the ways in which organisms react to and recover from stress and disease--are also themes in her own life. The network of friends, family and colleagues who support Simard, as a scientist and as a woman, is visible throughout . . . It feels like a privilege to be let into her life."--Emma Marris, Nature

More About the Book: Suzanne Simard is a pioneer on the frontier of plant communication and intelligence; her TED talks have been viewed by more than 10 million people worldwide. Simard writes--in inspiring, illuminating, and accessible ways--how trees, living side by side for hundreds of years, have evolved, how they learn and adapt their behaviors, recognize neighbors, compete and cooperate with one another with sophistication, characteristics ascribed to human intelligence, traits that are the essence of civil societies--and at the center of it all, the Mother Trees: the mysterious, powerful forces that connect and sustain the others that surround them.

And Simard writes of her own life, born and raised into a logging world in the rainforests of British Columbia, of her days as a child spent cataloging the trees from the forest and how she came to love and respect them. And as she writes of her scientific quest, she writes of her own journey, making us understand how deeply human scientific inquiry exists beyond data and technology, that it is about understanding who we are and our place in the world.

About the Author: Suzanne Simard as born in the Monashee Mountains of British Columbia and was educated at the University of British Columbia and Oregon State University. She is Professor of Forest Ecology in the University of British Columbia's Faculty of Forestry.

Event date: 

Tuesday, June 21, 2022 - 7:00pm to 8:00pm

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Online Zoom webinar!
Finding the Mother Tree: Discovering the Wisdom of the Forest Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9780525565994
Availability: On Our Shelves Now--Subject to Availability
Published: Vintage - June 21st, 2022

NEW YORK TIMES BEST SELLER • From the world's leading forest ecologist who forever changed how people view trees and their connections to one another and to other living things in the forest—a moving, deeply personal journey of discovery


Finding the Mother Tree: Discovering the Wisdom of the Forest Cover Image
$30.00
ISBN: 9780525656098
Availability: Not on hand, usually available within 1-5 Days
Published: Knopf - May 4th, 2021

NEW YORK TIMES BEST SELLER • From the world's leading forest ecologist who forever changed how people view trees and their connections to one another and to other living things in the forest—a moving, deeply personal journey of discovery