Are trees social beings? In The Hidden Life of Trees: What They Feel, How They Communicate―Discoveries from A Secret World, forester and author Peter Wohlleben convincingly makes the case that, yes, the forest is a social network. He draws on groundbreaking scientific discoveries to describe how trees are like human families: tree parents live together with their children, communicate with them, support them as they grow, share nutrients with those who are sick or struggling, and even warn each other of impending dangers.
Join The Community Library and the Wood River Land Trust for a virtual conversation with Wohlleben, who will be joining us live from his home in Germany, as he shares his deep love of woods and forests, explaining the amazing processes of life, death, and regeneration he has observed in his woodland. After learning about the complex life of trees, a walk in the woods will never be the same again. Wohlleben will be in conversation with the Library’s executive director, Jenny Emery Davidson. A Q&A will follow, and the audience will be able to ask their questions via the Livestream chat.
This program will air and be available for later viewing on the Library’s Livestream.
Peter Wohlleben spent over twenty years working for the forestry commission in Germany before leaving to put his ideas of ecology into practice. He now runs an environmentally friendly woodland, where he is working toward the return of primeval forests, as well as caring for both wild and domestic animals. Wohlleben has been celebrated for his distinctive approach to writing about nature; he brings to life groundbreaking scientific research through his observations of nature and the animals he lives among. His first work translated to English, The Hidden Life of Trees is an international bestseller.
In partnership with the Wood River Land Trust.