The Hidden Life of Trees: The Illustrated Edition (Hardcover)
Peter Wohlleben began his career as a forester in the Eifel Mountains of Germany’s Rhineland-Palatinate. In the course of his daily work he developed an intimate understanding of the ecology and management of deciduous forests, which seem to “plan their own futures,” and of coniferous forests, which are “planted for commercial gain.” Readers in the Pacific Northwest will appreciate Wohlleben’s keen observations of the life of a forest as they walk amongst our remaining stands of old-growth Douglas fir. Photographs in this new, abridged edition of The Hidden Life of Trees complement Wohlleben’s text. -Graham— From Winter Gazette 2018
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“The Hidden Life of Trees reads like a 250-page epiphany. Wohlleben knows trees inside and out, and his revelatory examination of the inner lives of forests provides evidence of what many sensitive nature-lovers long suspected: that trees form friendships, sustain one another, and should be viewed as more than a natural resource. This is the kind of writing that can profoundly affect the way we live on this planet.”
— Stephen Sparks (W), Green Apple Books on the Park, San Francisco, CA
A visually stunning journey into the diversity and wonders of forests.
In his international bestseller The Hidden Life of Trees, Peter Wohlleben opened readers' eyes to the amazing processes at work in forests every day. Now this new, breathtakingly illustrated edition brings those wonders to life like never before.
With compelling selections from the original book and stunning, large-format photographs of trees from around the world, this gorgeous volume distills the essence of Wohlleben's message to show trees in all their glory and diversity. Through rich language highlighting the interconnectedness of forest ecosystems, the book offers fascinating insights about the fungal communication highway known as the "wood wide web," the difficult life lessons learned in tree school, the hard-working natural cleanup crews that recycle dying trees, and much more. Beautiful images provide the perfect complement to Wohlleben's words, with striking close-ups of bark and seeds, panoramas of vast expanses of green, and a unique look at what is believed to be the oldest tree on the planet.
About the Author
Peter Wohlleben is the acclaimed author of the international bestsellers The Hidden Life of Trees and The Inner Life of Animals. He spent over twenty years working for the forestry commission in Germany before leaving to put his ecological ideas into practice. Today he manages a forest academy and an environmentally friendly woodland in Germany, where he is working for the return of primeval forests. Jane Billinghurst's career has been in book publishing in the UK, the US, and Canada, as an editor, publisher, writer, and translator.