Kairos-Milwaukie United Church of Christ

TreesIf you love trees, these books may interest you.

“The Overstory” by Richard Powers is an environmental novel set in the old growth forests of the Northwest. It’s about how 9 people's unique childhood experiences with trees leads them as adults to address the destruction of our old growth forests. The book is loaded with information about the ecology of forests, how trees interact and communicate, the symbiotic relationship between trees and the plants and animals who share the forest and especially about the canopy (the overstory). It’s a long and complicated story, sometimes a little dark, but very enlightening. It has won many awards including the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction in 2019.

A second book “The Hidden Forest: The Biography of an Ecosystem” by Jon R. Luoma is about the scientific research being done at the H.J. Andrews Experimental Forest in our own Oregon Cascades. Andrews is 16,000 acres of old growth and has been a living laboratory with the US Forest Service since 1948. Researchers from a wide range of disciplines examine the role of every element in the life of a forest. Luoma describes projects dealing with the canopy, rotting logs, insects, fungi, wildlife, streams, and the effects of floods, fires, volcanos, and clear cutting. This book is non-fiction and tells the science covered in “The Overstory”.

If you read these books, I guarantee you’ll never look at a tree the same way again!

Cindy Everett, contributor of the month as well as weekly faithful volunteer in our church gardens.