Finding the Mother Tree

By Suzanne Simard,

Book cover of Finding the Mother Tree: Discovering the Wisdom of the Forest

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NEW YORK TIMES BEST SELLER • From the world's leading forest ecologist who forever changed how people view trees and their connections to one another and to other living things in the forest—a moving, deeply personal journey of discovery

“Finding the Mother Tree reminds us that the world is a…

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Esteemed forest ecologist Suzanne Simard has given us the remarkable story of her journey through the working woods, the forest bureaucracy, and the academic jungle to tell us what we need to know about properly caring for our woodlands today. Through her life’s work she illuminates the remarkable ecological connections of trees to fungi and other life all around them, to the interactions among generations of trees, both older and younger, and to the health of organic soil that industrial forest managers have too often regarded simply as a medium for tree trunks that are stuck into the ground. With…

From Tim's list on important reads about forests.

Simard brings communities of trees alive as beings that communicate with and help each other. She explores the underground network of roots, fungi, and tiny creatures that send signals and allow healthy trees to help ailing trees and mature trees to aid saplings. Simard is a perfect example of how natural scientists, far from being detached number-crunchers, are deeply and passionately engaged with the organisms and communities they study.

From Ellen's list on trees, living and dead.

Suzanne Simard’s journey into finding a deeper understanding of the forest cracked the code on a truth that has been there all along. How many times I have walked through a forest and not in million years did I imagine those trees were talking. Not just talking but supporting each other in elaborate networks that uncannily mirror the way we humans take care of each other. Simard’s scientific findings are a beautiful insight, and her passion reminds us that there is so much more than meets the eye going on below the surface. This book about the fungal communication networks…

Growing up as a Canadian logger, Suzanne Simard faced formidable challenges to figure out how trees communicate. Ingenious experiments showed how mother trees pass on food to younger seedlings, and how trees of all kinds share a “World Wood Web” of fungi. This fungal internet of trees, called “mycorrhizae,” has fundamentally reshaped forest ecology—and led us to recalculate contributions to the global carbon budget. As a microbiologist, it staggers my mind to realize how the tiniest of fungal threads interconnect the great giants of the forest. Loggers fought the knowledge, but Simard never backed down. The fungal internet she discovered…

This book expanded my understanding of the intelligence of nature, especially trees. Suzanne is a scientist and forester who pioneered research into the underground fungal network of communication between trees in a forest. Through a system of chemical messages, Suzanne discovered that trees are able to request and offer nutrients to each other as needed! After reading Finding the Mother Tree, I will never look at trees or nature the same way. Now I know that trees are intelligent and conscious beings with the ability to cooperate for survival. Along with her astounding scientific discoveries, the book is spiced…

From Ellen's list on women’s true stories.

Yes, a book about plants has entirely shifted my thinking about human-animal relationships. Simard opens our minds to the intelligence and morality of trees and the forests they create. One cannot read Simard’s book and not feel differently towards plants, not gain some sense that individual lives matter.  

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