LYNDA V. MAPES -- WITNESS TREE

READING & POWERPOINT PRESENTATION

Seasonal changes in nature are among the most readily observable clues to the biological effects of climate change. “It came to me,” writes acclaimed environment reporter Lynda Mapes, “You could tell the story of climate change—and more—through a single, beloved, living thing: a tree.” Mapes chronicles her yearlong quest to understand a wizened witness to our world: a red oak, over one hundred years old, in the Harvard Forest. A tree that has seen it all, from our changing relationship with nature in our industrialized and digitized lives to the altered clockwork of nature.

In Witness Tree, Mapes offers a clear-eyed assessment of what the tree tells us about climate change, from the heartwood at its core to the photosynthetic cycle deep in its leaves.

Mixing storytelling, tree lore, and cutting-edge science, she offers a new approach to thinking about how we might live together into the far future on a planet we have changed in ways we never intended—and how trees help show us the way. Witness Tree is published by the University of Washington press. The event is free and open to the public. Refreshments will be served.

Lynda Mapes is the environmental reporter for the Seattle Times. She researched and wrote Witness Tree while a Knight Science Journalism fellow at MIT and a Bullard Fellow at the Harvard Forest. Her five books include Breaking Ground: The Lower Elwha Klallam Tribe and the Unearthing of Tse-whit-zen Village and Elwha: A River Reborn.

Event date: 
Friday, November 1, 2019 - 7:00pm
Event address: 
2210 South Peabody Street
Carver Room
Port Angeles, WA 98362
Witness Tree: Seasons of Change with a Century-Old Oak Cover Image
$19.95
ISBN: 9780295746661
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: University of Washington Press - August 9th, 2019

Rescuing Rialto: A Baby Sea Otter's Story Cover Image
By Lynda V. Mapes, Alan Berner (Illustrator)
$18.99
ISBN: 9781250147646
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Published: Roaring Brook Press - April 9th, 2019

Elwha: A River Reborn Cover Image
By Lynda Mapes, Steve Ringman (Photographer)
$29.95
ISBN: 9781594857348
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Published: Mountaineers Books - March 5th, 2013

Breaking Ground: The Lower Elwha Klallam Tribe and the Unearthing of Tse-Whit-Zen Village (Capell Family Book) Cover Image
By Lynda V. Mapes, Frances Charles (Foreword by)
$34.95
ISBN: 9780295988788
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Published: University of Washington Press - March 30th, 2009

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