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The power of trees : how ancient forests can save us if we let them / Peter Wohlleben ; translated by Jane Billinghurst.

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1 current hold with 2 total copies.

Location Call Number / Copy Notes Barcode Shelving Location Status Due Date
Detroit Lakes Public Library 333.7516 WOH (Text) 33500013793682 New Checked out 06/14/2023
Mahnomen Public Library 333.7516 WOH (Text) 33500013793690 New In transit -

Record details

  • ISBN: 9781771647748
  • ISBN: 1771647744
  • Physical Description: 271 pages ; 23 cm
  • Publisher: Vancouver ; David Suzuki Institute : 2023.

Content descriptions

General Note:
Translation of: Der lange Atem der Bäume : wie Bäume lernen, mit dem Klimawandel umzugehen - und warum der Wald uns retten wird, wenn wir es zulassen. Munich : Ludwig Verlag, ©2021.
Bibliography, etc. Note:
Includes bibliographical references (pages 246-261) and index.
Summary, etc.:
"From the international bestselling author of The Hidden Life of Trees. An illuminating manifesto on ancient forests: how they adapt to climate change by passing their wisdom through generations, and why our future lies in protecting them. In his beloved book The Hidden Life of Trees, Peter Wohlleben revealed astonishing discoveries about the social networks of trees and how they communicate. Now, in The Power of Trees, he turns to their future, with a searing critique of forestry management, tree planting, and the exploitation of old growth forests. As human-caused climate change devastates the planet, forests play a critical role in keeping it habitable. While politicians and business leaders would have us believe that cutting down forests can be offset by mass tree planting, Wohlleben offers a warning: many tree planting campaigns lead to ecological disaster. Not only are these trees more susceptible to disease, flooding, fires, and landslides, we need to understand that forests are more than simply a collection of trees. Instead, they are ecosystems that consist of thousands of species, from animals to fungi and bacteria. The way to save trees, and ourselves? Step aside and let forests--which are naturally better equipped to face environmental challenges--heal themselves. With the warmth and wonder familiar to readers from his previous books, Wohlleben also shares emerging scientific research about how forests shape climates both locally and across continents; that trees adapt to changing environmental conditions through passing knowledge down to their offspring; and how old growth may in fact have the most survival strategies for climate change. At the heart of The Power of Trees lies Wohlleben's passionate plea: that our survival is dependent on trusting ancient forests, and allowing them to thrive."-- Provided by publisher.
Additional Physical Form available Note:
Issued also in electronic format.
Language Note:
Text in English, translated from the German.

  • Booklist Reviews : Booklist Reviews 2023 March #1
    Forester and bestselling environmental writer Wohlleben (Forest Walking, 2022) draws largely on observations of his home territory in Germany in this thoughtful look at how trees learn and adapt to difficult climate circumstances. As he explains, trees do not "stand there and suffer," enduring the effects of global warming as "creatures rooted in their environments." Instead, they react to the conditions that affect them. Ranging through a variety of tree species, he chronicles what that adaptability looks like and how much the luxury of time is needed for success. Readers will see the lesson here. Giving the environment the chance it needs to heal is crucial. The problem, as Wohlleben makes clear in chapters highlighting things like the pandemic frenzy for toilet paper and the global appetite for beef, is that the forest is often the last recipient of humanity's benevolence. The author is in his element here as a gentle purveyor of knowledge that provides a new perspective on a crucially important topic. His many fans will be enthused, and new readers will appreciate entering Wohlleben's evocative world. Copyright 2023 Booklist Reviews.

Author Notes

Peter Wohlleben is the author of several books about the natural world, including The Hidden Life of Trees, The Inner Life of Animals, and The Heartbeat of Trees. His books for children include Can You Hear the Trees Talking?, Do You Know Where the Animals Live?, and Peter and the Tree Children. A longtime former forester, Wohlleben runs a forest academy in Germany that supports sustainable forest management and teaches adults and children about the many wonders of the forest. To learn more about Peter and his books, visit his website at

Jane Billinghurst is a nature lover, master gardener, editor, translator, and author of six books. She has translated and edited several books by Peter Wohlleben, including the New York Times bestseller The Hidden Life of Trees. She lives in Anacortes, Washington, next to 2,800 acres of community forest lands.

Subject: Old growth forest ecology.
Forest ecology.
Trees > Ecology.
Old growth forest conservation.
Forest conservation.

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