The Wild Trees

A Story of Passion and Daring

Author: Richard Preston

Publisher: Random House

ISBN: 9781588366030

Category: Science

Page: 320

View: 2002

Hidden away in foggy, uncharted rain forest valleys in Northern California are the largest and tallest organisms the world has ever sustained–the coast redwood trees, Sequoia sempervirens. Ninety-six percent of the ancient redwood forests have been destroyed by logging, but the untouched fragments that remain are among the great wonders of nature. The biggest redwoods have trunks up to thirty feet wide and can rise more than thirty-five stories above the ground, forming cathedral-like structures in the air. Until recently, redwoods were thought to be virtually impossible to ascend, and the canopy at the tops of these majestic trees was undiscovered. In The Wild Trees, Richard Preston unfolds the spellbinding story of Steve Sillett, Marie Antoine, and the tiny group of daring botanists and amateur naturalists that found a lost world above California, a world that is dangerous, hauntingly beautiful, and unexplored. The canopy voyagers are young–just college students when they start their quest–and they share a passion for these trees, persevering in spite of sometimes crushing personal obstacles and failings. They take big risks, they ignore common wisdom (such as the notion that there’s nothing left to discover in North America), and they even make love in hammocks stretched between branches three hundred feet in the air. The deep redwood canopy is a vertical Eden filled with mosses, lichens, spotted salamanders, hanging gardens of ferns, and thickets of huckleberry bushes, all growing out of massive trunk systems that have fused and formed flying buttresses, sometimes carved into blackened chambers, hollowed out by fire, called “fire caves.” Thick layers of soil sitting on limbs harbor animal and plant life that is unknown to science. Humans move through the deep canopy suspended on ropes, far out of sight of the ground, knowing that the price of a small mistake can be a plunge to one’s death. Preston’s account of this amazing world, by turns terrifying, moving, and fascinating, is an adventure story told in novelistic detail by a master of nonfiction narrative. The author shares his protagonists’ passion for tall trees, and he mastered the techniques of tall-tree climbing to tell the story in The Wild Trees–the story of the fate of the world’s most splendid forests and of the imperiled biosphere itself. From the Hardcover edition.
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The Wild Trees

A Story of Passion and Daring with the World's Last True Explorers

Author: Richard Preston

Publisher: Penguin UK

ISBN: 0141918802

Category: Nature

Page: 320

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When Steve Sillett was 19 years old, he free-climbed – with no safety equipment and no training – one of the tallest trees on earth, in the redwood forests of Prairie Creek, California. 30 storeys above the ground he glimpsed an undiscovered ecosystem, and his passion for that astonishing world would transform the rest of his life. Over the next twenty years, Sillett and a close group of friends charted this system, discovering mosses and lichen never seen before, and travelling among branches so densely interwoven they form incredible sky-high walkways. There are only twenty people on earth who have climbed the world’s tallest trees and who know their location. In writing The Wild Trees, Richard Preston not only managed to gain access to this group, but began to climb these hidden giants himself, putting his life in danger in order to understand the powerful connection between the massive trees and the world’s last great explorers.
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The Wild Trees

A Story of Passion and Daring with the World's Last True Explorers

Author: Richard Preston

Publisher: Penguin UK

ISBN: 0141031905

Category: Nature

Page: 320

View: 7809

When Steve Sillett was 19 years old, he free-climbed � with no safety equipment and no training � one of the tallest trees on earth, in the redwood forests of Prairie Creek, California. 30 storeys above the ground he glimpsed an undiscovered ecosystem, and his passion for that astonishing world would transform the rest of his life. Over the next twenty years, Sillett and a close group of friends charted this system, discovering mosses and lichen never seen before, and travelling among branches so densely interwoven they form incredible sky-high walkways. There are only twenty people on earth who have climbed the world�s tallest trees and who know their location. In writing The Wild Trees, Richard Preston not only managed to gain access to this group, but began to climb these hidden giants himself, putting his life in danger in order to understand the powerful connection between the massive trees and the world�s last great explorers.
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The Redwood Forests

Author: Lisa Bullard

Publisher: Lerner Publications

ISBN: 0761344527

Category: Juvenile Nonfiction

Page: 32

View: 9848

Introduces redwood forests, describing where they are found, how redwood trees grow, the plants and animals that live in the forests, and information about conservation efforts.
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Panic in Level 4

Cannibals, Killer Viruses, and Other Journeys to the Edge of Science

Author: Richard Preston

Publisher: Random House Incorporated

ISBN: 081297560X

Category: Science

Page: 194

View: 1717

Presents a series of accounts of human beings confronting death on a vast scale and the scientists and researchers who work to unlock the mystery of these deadly afflictions.
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Coast Redwood

A Natural and Cultural History

Author: Michael G. Barbour,John Evarts,Marjorie Popper

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9780962850554

Category: Nature

Page: 228

View: 9265

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First Light

The Search for the Edge of the Universe

Author: Richard Preston

Publisher: Random House

ISBN: 0307817423

Category: Science

Page: 300

View: 6608

Seven years before Richard Preston wrote about horrifying viruses in The Hot Zone, he turned his attention to the cosmos. In First Light, he demonstrates his gift for creating an exciting and absorbing narrative around a complex scientific subject--in this case the efforts by astronomers at the Palomar Observatory in the San Gabriel Mountains of California to peer to the farthest edges of space through the Hale Telescope, attempting to solve the riddle of the creation of the universe. Richard Preston's name became a household word with The Hot Zone, which sold nearly 800,000 copies in hardcover, was on The New York Times's bestseller list for 42 weeks, and was the subject of countless magazine and newspaper articles. Preston has become a sought-after commentator on popular science subjects.
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American Steel

Hot Metal Men and the Resurrection of the Rust Belt

Author: Richard Preston

Publisher: Prentice Hall

ISBN: N.A

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 278

View: 2915

A chronicle of the efforts of America's ninth largest steel company to build a new steel plant in the Midwest's Rust Belt presents true-life characters and suspense in its exploration of the American steel industry
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Historic Redwood National and State Parks

Author: Gail Jenner

Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield

ISBN: 1493018108

Category: Nature

Page: 208

View: 3264

If redwood trees could share their stories, what would they say? Some of these giants are thousands of years old, but all have witnessed some truly unique moments in history. Historic Redwood National and State is a vibrant collection of essays sharing different parts of Redwood National Park’s history, from the Native Americans and the early explorers to park visitors today. Celebrate the 100th anniversary of the National Park Service and learn more about the cultural, political, and natural history of Redwood National and State Parks.
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The Man Who Planted Trees

A Story of Lost Groves, the Science of Trees, and a Plan to Save the Planet

Author: Jim Robbins

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 0812981294

Category: Nature

Page: 256

View: 1660

Describes the efforts of a former alcoholic nurseryman, whose near-death experience prompted him to attempt to find the best specimens of the U.S.' 872 known species of trees and use them to propagate their offspring around the world. By the author of A Symphony in the Brain. 25,000 first printing.
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The Tree

A Natural History of what Trees Are, how They Live, and why They Matter

Author: Colin Tudge

Publisher: Broadway Books

ISBN: 0307395391

Category: Nature

Page: 459

View: 5172

Looks at the world of trees, journeying around the world to explore the facts, characteristics, natural history, life cycles, evolution, and environmental impact of trees and forests.
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Ever-Living Tree

The Life and Times of a Coast Redwood

Author: Linda Vieira

Publisher: Turtleback

ISBN: 9780613563543

Category: Juvenile Nonfiction

Page: N.A

View: 4615

Tells the story of how the ever-living sequoia, also known as the coast redwood, came to be, and compares its longevity to the history of the world.
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The Botany of Desire

A Plant's-eye View of the World

Author: Michael Pollan

Publisher: Random House Trade Paperbacks

ISBN: 0375760393

Category: Gardening

Page: 271

View: 6901

Focusing on the human relationship with plants, the author of Second Nature uses botany to explore four basic human desires--sweetness, beauty, intoxication, and control--through portraits of four plants that embody them: the apple, tulip, marijuana, and potato. 100,000 first printing.
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The Redwood Forest

History, Ecology, and Conservation of the Coast Redwoods

Author: Reed F. Noss

Publisher: Island Press

ISBN: 1610913388

Category: Nature

Page: 366

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Evidence is mounting that redwood forests, like many other ecosystems, cannot survive as small, isolated fragments in human-altered landscapes. Such fragments lose their diversity over time and, in the case of redwoods, may even lose the ability to grow new, giant trees.The Redwood Forest, written in support of Save-the-Redwood League's master plan, provides scientific guidance for saving the redwood forest by bringing together in a single volume the latest insights from conservation biology along with new information from data-gathering techniques such as GIS and remote sensing. It presents the most current findings on the geologic and cultural history, natural history, ecology, management, and conservation of the flora and fauna of the redwood ecosystem. Leading experts offer a comprehensive account of the redwoods ecosystem, with specific chapters examining the history of the redwood lineage; terrestrial flora and fauna, communities, and ecosystems; aquatic ecosystems; landscape-scale conservation planning; and management alternatives relating to forestry, restoration, and recreation; among other topics.The Redwood Forest offers a case study for ecosystem-level conservation and gives conservation organizations the information, technical tools, and broad perspective they need to evaluate redwood sites and landscapes for conservation. It contains the latest information from groundbreaking research on such topics as redwood canopy communities, the role of fog in sustaining redwood forests, and the function of redwood burls. It also presents sobering lessons from current research on the effects of forestry activities on the sensitive faunas of redwood forests and streams. The key to perpetuating the redwood forest is understanding how it functions; this book represents an important step in establishing such an understanding.
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The Plant Hunters

True Stories of Their Daring Adventures to the Far Corners of the Earth

Author: Anita Silvey

Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR)

ISBN: 1466895292

Category: Juvenile Nonfiction

Page: 96

View: 6465

Driven by an all-consuming passion, the plant hunters traveled around the world, facing challenges at every turn: tropical illnesses, extreme terrain, and dangerous animals. They battled piranhas, tigers, and vampire bats. Even the plants themselves could be lethal! But these intrepid eighteenth- and nineteenth-century explorers were determined to find and collect new and unusual specimens, no matter what the cost. Then they tried to transport the plants—and themselves—home alive. Creating an important legacy in science, medicine, and agriculture, the plant hunters still inspire the scientific and environmental work of contemporary plant enthusiasts. Working from primary sources—journals, letters, and notes from the field—Anita Silvey introduces us to these daring adventurers and scientists. She takes readers into the heart of their expeditions to then-uncharted places such as the Amazon basin, China, and India. As she brings a colorful cast of characters to life, she shows what motivated these Indiana Jones–type heroes. In The Plant Hunters, science, history, and adventure have been interwoven to tell a largely forgotten—yet fascinating—story.
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The Songs of Trees

Stories from Nature's Great Connectors

Author: David George Haskell

Publisher: Penguin

ISBN: 052542752X

Category: Nature

Page: 304

View: 3159

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To Find the Biggest Tree

Author: Wendell D. Flint

Publisher: Sequoia Natural History Assn

ISBN: 9781878441096

Category: Technology & Engineering

Page: 126

View: 4716

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The Boat of Dreams

A Christmas Story

Author: Richard Preston

Publisher: Simon and Schuster

ISBN: 9780743245920

Category: Fiction

Page: 108

View: 6083

Stumbling upon an ornery old man in the trailer they call home, Lila and Will Foster, who have recently lost their father, realize that their visitor is Santa Claus, who grants them a Christmas wish--their father's beautiful lobster boat.
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