Wednesday, Jan 25, 2017 7:00 PM
The Carter Library
441 Freedom Pkwy NE
Atlanta, GA 30307
Jill Jonnes’s Urban Forests is a passionate, wide-ranging, and fascinating natural history of the tree in American cities over the course of the past two centuries. Jonnes’s survey ranges from early sponsors for the Urban Tree Movement to the fascinating stories of particular species (including Washington, DC’s famed cherry trees, and the American chestnut and elm, and the diseases that almost destroyed them) to the institution of Arbor Day to the most recent generation of tree evangelists who are identifying the best species to populate our cities’ leafy canopies. The book examines such questions as the character of American urban forests and the effect that tree-rich landscaping might have on commerce, crime, and human well-being. As we wrestle with how to repair the damage we have wrought on nature and how to slow climate change, urban forests offer an obvious, low-tech solution. (In 2006, U.S. Forest Service scientist Greg McPherson and his colleagues calculated that New York City’s 592,000 street trees annually saved $28 million in energy costs through shading and cooling, or $47.63 per tree.)
This event is sponsored by Trees Atlanta.
On Wednesday, January 25, 2017 at 7PM, Jill Jonnes will appear at The Carter Library to read, discuss, sign, and answer questions about her latest novel Urban Forests.
If you are unable to attend this event, you may still pre-order a signed copy below.