Sustainability Literacy Resources Committee. The following questions are intended to get students in a variety of disciplines started on researching tree issues and solutions related to what they are studying.
Imagining the Forest by John R. KnottForests have always been more than just their trees. The forests in Michigan (and similar forests in other Great Lakes states such as Wisconsin and Minnesota) played a role in the American cultural imagination from the beginnings of European settlement in the early nineteenth century to the present. Our relationships with those forests have been shaped by the cultural attitudes of the times, and people have invested in them both moral and spiritual meanings. Author John Knott draws upon such works as Simon Schama's Landscape and Memory and Robert Pogue Harrison's Forests: The Shadow of Civilization in exploring ways in which our relationships with forests have been shaped, using Michigan---its history of settlement, popular literature, and forest management controversies---as an exemplary case. Knott looks at such well-known figures as William Bradford, James Fenimore Cooper, John Muir, John Burroughs, and Teddy Roosevelt; Ojibwa conceptions of the forest and natural world (including how Longfellow mythologized them); early explorer accounts; and contemporary literature set in the Upper Peninsula, including Jim Harrison's True North and Philip Caputo's Indian Country. Two competing metaphors evolved over time, Knott shows: the forest as howling wilderness, impeding the progress of civilization and in need of subjugation, and the forest as temple or cathedral, worthy of reverence and protection. Imagining the Forest shows the origin and development of both.
Forbidden Forest (film) Canadian documentary film 2004
directed by Kevin W. Matthews. Approximately 70 minutes long, it was co-produced by the National Film Board of Canada and Timber Colony Inc. The film follows Jean Guy Comeau, an Acadian woodlot and Francis Wishart, the grandson of Sir James Dunn, as they agitate for responsible forestry on New Brunswick Crown lands.
The film premiered in April 2015 at the Hot The film premiered in 2015 at the Hot Docs Canadian International Documentary Festival. In February 2016, it was named Best Canadian film at the Vancouver International Mountain Film Festival.
The film documents the destruction of Indonesian rain forest by fire, endanger orangutans and contribute to climate change. A young entrepreneur goes in search of a solution.
The Hidden Life of Trees by Peter Wohlleben; Tim Flannery (Foreword by)
Call Number: QK475 .W6413 2016
Publication Date: 2016-09-13
Bonsai by Susumu Nakamura; Ivan Watters; Terry Ann R. NeffWith fresh, elegant photography, this stunning volume presents more than sixty living bonsai masterpieces from the renowned collection of the Chicago Botanic Garden. Each patiently nurtured tree is presented at the peak of its seasonal beauty; each embodies the quiet energy and beauty of the art of bonsai. In an engaging opening essay, the book introduces the practice and philosophy of bonsai, its spiritual resonance, and its horticultural sophistication. Then alongside each tree's portrait, is a short, thoughtful discussion of the species and style of the tree as well as its individual history and character. Readers will cherish this superbly conceived and designed book while gaining a new appreciation for the living masterpieces that inspired it.