Urban Forests by Jill Jonnes

Urban Forests

A Natural History of Trees and People in the American Cityscape

A celebration of urban trees and the Americans—presidents, plant explorers, visionaries, citizen activists, scientists, nurserymen, and tree nerds—whose arboreal passions have shaped and ornamented the nation’s cities, from Jefferson’s day to the present.

 

On Sale September 27, 2016

urban-forests-leaf-yellowNew from author & historian, Jill Jonnes

Urban Forests

A Natural History of Trees and People in the American Cityscape

A celebration of urban trees and the Americans—presidents, plant explorers, visionaries, citizen activists, scientists, nurserymen, and tree nerds—whose arboreal passions have shaped and ornamented the nation’s cities, from Jefferson’s day to the present

Nature’s largest and longest-lived creations, trees play an extraordinarily important role in our cityscapes, living landmarks that define space, cool the air, soothe our psyches, and connect us to nature and our past. Today, four-fifths of Americans live in or near citie, surrounded by millions of trees, 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.

urban-forests-leaf-redJill Jonnes’s Urban Forests is a passionate, wide-ranging, and fascinating natural history of the tree in American cities over the course of the past two centuries. Jonnes’s survey ranges from early sponsors for the Urban Tree Movement to the fascinating stories of particular species (including Washington, DC’s famed cherry trees, and the American chestnut and elm, and the diseases that almost destroyed them) to the institution of Arbor Day to the most recent generation of tree evangelists who are identifying the best species to populate our cities’ leafy canopies. The book examines such questions as the character of American urban forests and the effect that tree-rich landscaping might have on commerce, crime, and human well-being. As we wrestle with how to repair the damage we have wrought on nature and how to slow climate change, urban forests offer an obvious, low-tech solution. (In 2006, U.S. Forest Service scientist Greg McPherson and his colleagues calculated that New York City’s 592,000 street trees annually saved $28 million in energy costs through shading and cooling, or $47.63 per tree.)

“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… no one who has loved a single tree will be able to set it aside… the narrative is sure to fascinate nature lovers and natural scientists alike… A lovingly written book that should appeal to most city dwellers and all tree lovers.”

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SEP 27 – Urban Forests – New from Jill Jonnes

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SEP 27 – Interview with Jill Jonnes on NPR The Diane Rehm Show

 Urban Forests will be published on Tuesday, September 27th. Tune-in to Jill’s interview on NPR’s national The Diane Rehm Show.  Time to be posted when we know it...
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OCT 6 – Talk & Book Signing at Natural History Museum, Los Angeles, CA

Jill will be talking about Urban Forests at the The Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County, CA on Tuesday, October 6th at 8 p.m. Q&A session and book signing...
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NOV 16 – Appearance at PCCF Conference, Indianapolis, IN

 Jill will be making an appearance at the 2016 Partners in Community Forestry Conference, Indianapolis, Indiana on Wednesday, November 16th. Stay tuned for more details...
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DEC 8 – Talk, Q&A & Book Signing at Arnold Arboretum

Jill will be talking about Urban Forests at The Arnold Arboretum in Boston, MA on Thursday, December 8th, between 7–8:30 p.m. Q&A session and book signing...
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Urban Forests

A Natural History of Trees and People in the American Cityscape

 

On Sale September 27, 2016