Industry News: Forests

Cure Yourself of Tree Blindness

Wednesday, February 13, 2019  
Posted by: Dana Walker

For several years, I’ve led tree walks in Washington, D.C. I start by asking participants who the


y are and why they want to spend precious hours looking at trees. My students are nearly all highly educated, successful people who work impressive jobs, speak multiple languages and effortlessly command sophisticated computers and phones. Yet most know barely the first thing about the trees around them. They want to change that.

There was a time when knowing your trees was a matter of life and death, because you needed to know which ones were strong enough to support a house and which ones would feed you through the winter. Now most of us walk around, to adapt a term devised by some botanists, tree blind.

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