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Sprout lands : tending the endless gift of trees

by Logan, William Bryant,

Format: Print Book 2019
Availability: Available at 3 Libraries 3 of 9 copies
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Once, farmers knew how to make a living hedge and fed their flocks on tree-branch hay. Rural people knew how to prune hazel to foster abundance: both of edible nuts, and of straight, strong, flexible rods for bridges, walls, and baskets. Townspeople cut their beeches to make charcoal to fuel ironworks. Shipwrights shaped oaks to make hulls. No place could prosper without its inhabitants knowing how to cut their trees so they would sprout again.Pruning the trees didn't destroy them. Rather, it created the healthiest, most sustainable and most diverse woodlands that we have ever known. In this journey from the English fens to Spain, Japan, and California, William Bryant Logan rediscovers what was once an everyday ecology. He offers us both practical knowledge about how to live with trees to mutual benefit and hope that humans may again learn what the persistence and generosity of trees can teach.
Published Reviews
Booklist Review: "For arborists such as Logan (Air, 2012), the elaborate pruning practices of coppicing and pollarding are ancient, compelling, and frequently misunderstood. Tasked with a project to shape 92 trees at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, Logan had only an inkling of how to proceed to create hedges that would tower above the street. Work on a prestigious urban landscape of this magnitude would afford no room for errors, and Logan was dismayed to learn there was little useful instruction for best practices. His quest for pruning knowledge took him around the globe, from England's Somerset Levels to Norway's magnificent pollarded landscapes to Japan's plantation forests. Along the way, he spoke to professional woodland managers and native gardeners who follow tradition. Mindful of debts owed and fearful of a future where such wisdom is wasted, Logan speaks of these kindred spirits, both plant and human, with admiration and affection. The result is a lush and lyrical homage to the role trees play in culture, from healing and beauty to sustenance and safety.--Carol Haggas Copyright 2019 Booklist"
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Publisher's Weekly Review: "In this educational and reassuring volume on ecology and sustainability, New York City arborist Logan (Air: The Restless Shaper of the World) sets out to explain processes of regeneration and ways in which trees feed off one another. He observes that though "a tree is in a forest... there is also a forest in each tree," in that "every new branch arises on its parent's stem in exactly the same way that its first parent arose from the dirt." When the trunk of almost any leafy tree or shrub breaks, burns, or is cut low, the author notes, it will inevitably sprout again. Logan, a San Francisco Bay area native, returns to a favorite childhood spot on the Music Concourse in Golden Gate Park to reacquaint himself with the impressive trees there, and also visits UC Berkeley to examine those near the campus's clock tower and gather insight on pruning and maintenance. In subsequent chapters, Logan goes abroad, to, among other countries, Spain and Japan, the latter boasting a number of revered coppice oak forests. Logan's graceful survey will reassure nature-loving readers that, even in the face of devastating wildfires, nature can set itself again on the right course. With 15 b&w illus. (Apr.) © Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved."
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Additional Information
Subjects Trees.
Human-plant relationships.
Publisher New York :2019
Edition First edition.
Language English
Description xiv, 332 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm
Bibliography Notes Includes bibliographical references (pages 307-318) and index.
ISBN 9780393609417
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