Urban Forests: A Natural History of Trees and People in the American Cityscape

By Jill Jonnes, Jill Jonnes
"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

"Jonnes extols the many contributions that trees make to city life and celebrates the men and women who stood up for America's city trees over the past two centuries. . . . An authoritative account." --Gerard Helferich, The Wall Street Journal

"We all know that trees can make streets look prettier. But in her new book Urban Forests, Jill Jonnes explains how they make them safer as well." --Sara Begley, Time Magazine

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

As nature's largest and longest-lived creations, trees play an extraordinarily important role in our cities; they are 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 urban areas, surrounded by millions of trees of hundreds of different species. Despite their ubiquity and familiarity, most of us take trees for granted and know little of their fascinating natural history or remarkable civic virtues.

Jill Jonnes's Urban Forests tells the captivating stories of the founding mothers and fathers of urban forestry, in addition to those arboreal advocates presently using the latest technologies to illuminate the value of trees to public health and to our urban infrastructure. 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. For amateur botanists, urbanists, environmentalists, and policymakers, Urban Forests will be a revelation of one of the greatest, most productive, and most beautiful of our natural resources.



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In Urban Forests, Jill Jonnes extols the many contributions that trees make to city life . . . [and] celebrates [the] men and women who stood up for America s city trees over the past two centuries. . . . Ms. Jonnes offers an authoritative and admirably nontechnical account of the past, present and future of our cities trees. Gerard Helferich, The Wall Street Journal We all know that trees can make streets look prettier. But in her new book Urban Forests, Jill Jonnes explains how they make them safer as well. . . . It s no wonder then, that cities like New York, Denver and Sacramento have already invested heavily in urban planting. Now Jonnes argues that others should follow their lead. It s time, she writes, to get serious about creating the lushest tree canopies we can nurture. Sara Begley, Time Magazine A fascinating slice of both urban and natural history that tree lovers and everyone interested in city life will enjoy. Booklist This book deserves great interest. . . . Scientific without being tedious and political only in the sense of our responsibility to and respect for nature (or lack thereof), 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. Kirkus Reviews 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 Praise for Eiffel's Tower In splendid detail, Jonnes examines the importance of the [Eiffel Tower] in its own historical moment. The New York Times (Editors' Choice) This panorama of life near the end of the nineteenth century is vivid, detailed, and engrossing. . . . A well-researched read that will transport them back to a time as complex and crazy as our own. Minneapolis Star-Tribune "
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 Jonnes explores the challenges America s horticulturalists have faced while cultivating the leafy plants in metropolitan settings as well as demonstrating how much trees are cherished by those who work and live among them. . . . A fascinating slice of both urban and natural history that tree lovers and everyone interested in city life will enjoy. Booklist 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. . .Scientific without being tedious and political only in the sense of our responsibility to and respect for nature (or lack thereof), the narrative is sure to fascinate nature lovers and natural scientists alike. . . .Jonnes diligently follows the work in large cities, especially Sacramento, Los Angeles, New York, Washington, D.C., and Chicago, where the Climate Project established that trees should be regarded as essential green infrastructure. . . .Equally interesting, and certainly frightening, is the author's coverage of significant threats to trees, including Dutch elm disease and the emerald ash borer. . . .A lovingly written book that should appeal to most city dwellers and all tree lovers. Kirkus Reviews Praise for Eiffel's Tower In splendid detail, Jonnes examines the importance of the [Eiffel Tower] in its own historical moment. The New York Times (Editors' Choice) This panorama of life near the end of the nineteenth century is vivid, detailed, and engrossing. . . . A well-researched read that will transport them back to a time as complex and crazy as our own. Minneapolis Star-Tribune Praise forConquering Gotham A human account of how a few visionaries from the Pennsylvania Railroad connected the rest of the country to the nation's greatest port, and how their Philadelphia-centric perspective doomed the world's largest train station. The New York Times Lush and lovely prose. The Baltimore Sun In the tradition of David McCullough's narrative of the Brooklyn Bridge . . . intelligent history about building an indispensable part of our infrastructure. Kirkus Reviews(starred review)"



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Publisher Penguin Books
Publish date 09/05/2017
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