The Race for a Forested Future

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By Lauren E. Oakes

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How the path from climate change to a habitable future winds through the world’s forests 

In recent years, planting a tree has become a catchall to represent “doing something good for the planet.” Many companies commit to planting a tree with every purchase. But who plants those trees and where? Will they flourish and offer the benefits that people expect? Can all the individual efforts around the world help remedy the ever-looming climate crisis? 
In Treekeepers, Lauren E. Oakes takes us on a poetic and practical journey from the Scottish Highlands to the Panamanian jungle to meet the scientists, innovators, and local citizens who each offer part of the answer. Their work isn’t just about planting lots of trees, but also about understanding what it takes to grow or regrow a forest and to protect what remains. Throughout, Oakes shows the complex roles of forests in the fight against climate change, and of the people who are giving trees a chance with hope for our mutual survival. 
Timely, meticulously reported, and ultimately optimistic, Treekeepers teaches us how to live with a sense of urgency in our warming world, to find beauty in the present for ourselves and our children, and to take action big or small. 
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  • "Can trees really save us? Lauren Oakes digs deep into the complexities of planting forests to soak up carbon. The result is a frank, probing, but ultimately hopeful book."
    Elizabeth Kolbert, Pulitzer Prize winning author of The Sixth Extinction
  • “Forests—especially mature ones, with big trees—are clearly crucial to our future. Here’s an in-depth exploration of exactly why, and it’s filled not just with numbers but with stories!” 
    Bill McKibben, author The End of Nature
  • “Ecologist Lauran E. Oakes has spent years exploring the potentials and pitfalls of the modern tree-planting movement.  The result is Treekeepers, a deft guide to the complex realities of growing and maintaining healthy forests, told with just the right blend of hope and warning.”
    Thor Hanson, author of Hurricane Lizards and Plastic Squid

On Sale
Nov 12, 2024
Page Count
336 pages
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Lauren E. Oakes

About the Author

Lauren E. Oakes is a conservation scientist and science writer. She has held various appointments at Stanford University over many years, as a researcher, a lecturer, and an adjunct assistant professor in the Department of Earth System Science. Author of In Search of the Canary Tree, she lives in Bozeman, Montana.

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