Keepers of the Trees: A Guide to Re-Greening North America

Langley, WA (April 22, 2010)- In the tradition of Annie Dillard and John McPhee, writer and activist Ann Linnea interviews fourteen tree keepers about their life and work saving North America’s forests. Each tree keeper reveals the inspiration and organization behind their advocacy with detailed explanations and touching stories of how their lives have come to be shaped by the forests they are fighting to preserve.



Engage in the life stories of fourteen people whose lives have been shaped by trees- featuring the true stories of a tree doctor, big tree hunter Will Blozan, Plant Amnesty’s pruner, and ninety-four-year-old logger Merve Wilkinson. Also interviewed is Vietnam veteran Bud Pearson, whose post-traumatic stress disorder found healing and acceptance as a wood carver in the wilds of Montana, as well as Andy Lipkis, founder of TreePeople, who has spent thirty-five years ripping up concrete in L.A. to plant over two million trees in an effort to stop flooding and reduce air pollution. Keepers of the Trees includes stories from all over North America, including Vancouver, Chicago, L.A., and Montana.
This book includes one hundred color photographs of the tree keepers in action as well as diagrams illustrating the keepers’ work. These are inspirational stories of conservation, healing, passion, and advocacy for any classroom, conservationist, activist, and nature lover. 100 color photographs and 25 black-and-white illustrations.
About the Author
Ann Linnea began her writing career in Utah, authoring hiking and skiing guides during her years as U.S. Forest Service naturalist in the 1970s. Ann co-authored the award-winning Teaching Kids to Love the Earth. In 1992, she became the first woman to circumnavigate Lake Superior by sea kayak (an 1,800-mile journey). Her memoir, Deep Water Passage: A Spiritual Journey at Mid-Life, describes this journey. She lives in Langley, Washington.
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