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Witness Tree: What the Life of a Single, 110-year-old Oak Tells Us About Climate Change with Lynda Mapes

  • The Mountaineers, The Goodman Room 7700 Sand Point Way Northeast Seattle, WA, 98115 United States (map)

Lynda is a newspaper reporter (Seattle Times) and author, an explorer and reveler in the natural world, native plants and species of every sort. She is driven to go deep, look long, stay awhile. Her photos and journalism and books are the result of a lifelong fascination with the natural world and our connection to it. She works from all five senses — and especially, the critical sixth: a sense of wonder.

In 2014-5 Lynda was a Bullard Fellow in Forest Research, living at the Harvard Forest to explore the human and natural history of a single 100-year old oak tree. The result was her recently published book, WitnessTree. To quote a recent review: “Lynda V. Mapes adopts a narrower lens but is equally ambitious in Witness Tree, which gets at sweeping ideas by looking at one century-old oak tree in Massachusetts. Among many other subjects–forest regeneration, acorn production, pollen records–Mapes has plenty to say about our early spring(s). ‘Climate change, the trees, streams, and puddles, and birds, bugs, and frogs, attest, is not a matter of opinion or belief,’ she writes. ‘It is an observable fact.'” – New York Times Book Review

Doors open at 6:00 PM for the Native Plant Identification Workshop
Program begins at 7:00 PM.

Refreshments, Public Invited, Admission is free.