“Far-ranging and deeply researched, Urban Forests reveals the beauty and significance of the trees around us.”
—Elizabeth Kolbert, Pulitzer Prize-winning author of The Sixth Extinction
“A comprehensive look at the trees of American cities . . . this book deserves [great interest]; indeed, no one who has loved a single tree will be able to set it aside.”
“…readers will find that Jonnes’ appreciative attention to detail organically nurtures a newfound appreciation for our living arboreal neighbors and for the concerted determination it has taken to protect them.”
Trees, nature's largest and longest-lived creations, play an extraordinarily important role in our cityscapes. They are living landmarks that define space, cool the air, soothe our psyches, and connect us to nature and our past. Today, four out of five Americans live in or near cities, surrounded by millions of trees that make up urban forests containing hundreds of species. Despite the ubiquity and familiarity of those trees, most of us take them for granted and know little of their specific natural history or civic virtues. Perfectly timed to the season of fall foliage and “leaf-peeping,” URBAN FORESTS: A Natural History of Trees and People in the American Cityscape (Viking; September 27, 2016; ISBN: 9780670015665; $30.00) by Jill Jonnes is a passionate, wide-ranging, and fascinating history of the tree in American cities over the course of the past two centuries.
Meet and learn more when Jill Jonnes comes to
The Sacramento Bee,
2100 Q Street, Sacramento.
Thursday, 10.13.16 • 7 p.m.
Admission is free, but please register as seating is limited.