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
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2210 South Peabody Street
Carver Room
Port Angeles, WA 98362
Witness Tree: Seasons of Change with a Century-Old Oak Cover Image
ISBN: 9780295746661
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Published: University of Washington Press - August 20th, 2019

An intimate look at one majestic hundred-year-old oak tree through four seasons--and the reality of global climate change it reveals.

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

"Calling all sea otter fans!" - Kirkus

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

A compelling exploration of one of the largest dam removal projects in the world--and the efforts to save a stunning Northwest ecosystem

* Co-published with The Seattle Times
* 125 color photographs, including rare historic images
* Dam removal started in September 2011 while restoration work continues today

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)
ISBN: 9780295988788
Availability: Special Order
Published: University of Washington Press - March 30th, 2009

In 2003, a backhoe operator hired by the state of Washington to work on the Port Angeles waterfront discovered what a larger world would soon learn. The place chosen to dig a massive dry dock was atop one of the largest and oldest Indian village sites ever found in the region.

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