Robert Sullivan was last on the show to discuss his book, My American Revolution. He joins us this morning to discuss his ode to the hemlock, a tree with a tenuous future – which is a new article for Orion magazine, adapted from the introduction to Hemlock: A Forest Giant on the Edge, to be published in April by Yale University Press.
The Eastern Hemlock, massive and majestic, has played a unique role in structuring northeastern forest environments, from Nova Scotia to Wisconsin and through the Appalachian Mountains to North Carolina, Tennessee, and Alabama. A “foundation species” influencing all the species in the ecosystem surrounding it, this iconic North American tree has long inspired poets and artists as well as naturalists and scientists.
California now has more trees than at any time since the late Pleistocene. This green landscape, however, is not the work of nature. It’s the work of history.
Jared Farmer's book, Trees in Paradise offers an insightful, new perspective on the history of the Golden State and the American West.
Jared Farmer, a Utah native and former Californian, is the author of On Zion’s Mount, a landscape history awarded the prestigious Parkman Prize for literary excellence. He teaches history at Stony Brook University and lives in Brooklyn, New York.
Authorities say a Sudbury, Massachusetts man has died after being struck by a tree while walking back to his car following a James Taylor concert at Tanglewood. WAMC’s Lucas Willard reports…
The Berkshire district attorney's office announced Thursday that 61-year-old Lester Holtzblatt was struck by a 20-feet section of a dead tree while walking with his wife along a Lenox road at about 10:30 p.m. Wednesday.
He was taken by ambulance to Berkshire Medical Center where he was pronounced dead on arrival.
The death is under investigation but is considered an accident.