Learn about and explore the forest Saturday June 10

GO & DO: Urban Forests booktalk and walking tour

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FREE event at the National Park this Saturday

This Saturday June 10, 2017 10am to 1pm, author Jill Jonnes will visit the Marsh Billings Rockefeller National Historical Park to discuss and explore some of the ideas in her new book: “Urban Forests: a natural history of trees and people in the American cityscape.”  This free event will include a short presentation in the Forest Center, a book signing, and a walking tour of the historic Marsh-Billings-Rockefeller forest. 

We are surrounded by forests, even in places like New York City where hundreds of species of trees exist in Central Park.  So it is no surprise that the Marsh Billings Rockefeller National Historical Park, one of the nation's foremost forestry centers as well as the birthplace of conservationism in the US, is hosting an event that underscores how we interact with forests where we live.

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Frederick Billings (1823-1890), lived on the estate that is now the Park from 1869 onward. He developed one of the nation’s first programs of scientific forest management so that, in his words:  “many a barren hillside will once more glow with the glorious autumn foliage and the quiet village will see itself back in its old life and power.”  Billings’ granddaughter, Mary Rockefeller, and her husband Laurance, nurtured the forest and gave it to the nation as a national park.

The book's author Jill Jonnes will be at MBR to discuss urban forests

Author Jill Jonnes said: “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.”

Her 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. 

Copies of the book will be on sale and available for signing after the presentation.

Meet at the Forest Center at 10 am. Wear your walking shoes!

Call 802 457 3368 ext 222 to sign up for this free event.

This event is part of the Park’s free Working Woodlands workshop series.  https://www.nps.gov/mabi/learn/nature/working-woodlands-workshops.htm


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