A tale of the scientists/non-scientists who discovered, mapped and studied the canopy of the remaining NW Redwood forests. One learns about the redwood trees, the whole ecosystem in the canopy of these trees and how very important these trees are to the Earth. Very easy read for any person. After seeing the redwoods from the ground, now can appreciate them even more as living beings.
Very enjoyable read. Really inspires you to appreciate the world around you.
A fabulous book about one of natures finest trees. I would recommend this to all tree and nature lovers. Simply fascinating. I must visit the redwoods again soon!
This story is about a couple of tree canopy biologists and a hobbyist who was obsessed with the search for the world's tallest known tree - a coast redwood tree in California. The author describes their personal lives in some detail as well as giving detailed information about the mechanics- and danger- of climbing trees over 360 feet tall. I was surprised to learn there was so much unexplored terrain as of 1991.
Wish I would've written it. This is a good one.
A fascinating account of tall tree enthusiasts and scientists who climb and study some of the world’s biggest trees, primarily the Giant Sequoia. A ‘wild tree’ is one that has not been climbed nor studied. Author Richard Preston (a tree enthusiast himself) follows the work of those few who have developed and mastered climbing techniques that makes study of these amazing trees possible. A wonderful addition to the natural history of the pacific coast, reads like an adventure novel.
This was really fun to read. Preston knows how to write a page-turner. The characters he describes are colorful, as are their activities. Finally, there is actually a good amount of forest science in the book. Highly recommended.
possibly the best book I've read in years. Great subject, great writing and mostly it makes me want to go climb trees. Preston develops his subject so well and the book is so readable that it's hard to put it down and when you do, you find yourself wanting more. Off to the Redwoods I go.......
Read this during our visit to the Redwoods. Highly recommended if you are going to visit the bit trees since it really gives you a better idea about what they are all about.
I adored this book; it transported me to the magical land of huge, tall trees and made it feel like the western Sequoia forests were enchanted and inhabited by quirky, passionate people.
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