Keepers of the Trees:
A Guide to Re-Greening North America
About Keepers of the Trees
We save what we love.
We learn to love through story.
People are the keepers of the story of the trees.
Within a five-mile radius of wherever you are reading this book there are dozens of “keepers of the trees”—people whose lives and connections to trees have come together, growth ring by growth ring. Ann Linnea has chosen fourteen people across North America whose stories illuminate this fascinating interdependence. This book is illustrated with over 100 photographs.
Trees are the lungs of the planet.
Trees are essential community assets.
Trees determine the future of life on earth.
Tree Keeping Stories from Readers
Trees and people are intricately intertwined in thousands of ways. As Keepers of the Trees makes its way in the world, many people want to share their own stories of tree keeping. Our Stories Page offers some of these stories, and provides keepers of the trees everywhere with an opportunity to share their own stories and information with others. Please join us in becoming a Keeper of the Trees.
Reviews and Praise:
"Ann Linnea's Keepers of the Trees is a sensitive and thoughtful vision of America's most beautiful and threatened forests, and of the extraordinary people who dedicate their lives to exploring, protecting, and "rewilding" these forests. Linnea offers us great portraits of people I know and deeply admire, including Kristine Johnson of the National Park Service, Will Blozan, who's a discoverer of the largest trees in Eastern North America, and Robert Van Pelt, a tree-climbing scientist and artist whose drawings of giant trees have changed forever how we see these organisms."
—Richard Preston, author of The Wild Trees and The Hot Zone
"Among the hazards of becoming involved with environmental issues are periodic bouts of frustration, righteous anger, and even depression. At these moments the best antidotes are a hike in the woods of your choice or Ann Linnea's Keepers of the Trees. Open any chapter and meet a gardener, a forest ecologist, a pruner, a businessman, a carver, or other person who has turned their love of trees into sustainable activism. This book restores your faith that some of our most precious forests are in loving hands."
—Dr. Margaret Lynn Brown, Author of The Wild East, a Biography of the Great Smoky Mountains, professor Brevard College
"In Ann Linnea's Keepers of the Trees, we meet a gaggle of individualists whose devotion to trees leads them to do strange and wonderful things that challenge our complacency. Read this at your own risk for you may not be able to resist joining them in advocacy of Earth's large, woody vegetables."
—Dr. Ronald M. Lanner, Author of numerous books about trees including The Bristlecone Book
"Keepers of the Trees is a significant contribution to the human-nature connection. Ann Linnea profiles inspiring people, themselves inspired by forests and trees. The passions of the profiled are directly transmitted to the reader. I know Robert Van Pelt and Will Blozan personally and can attest to their exemplary roles as bonafide keepers of the trees."
—Robert T. Leverett, Executive Director, Eastern Native Tree Society; co-author of The Sierra Club Guide to the Ancient Forests of the Northeast
Download the book's Introduction (PDF file) to learn how this book came about
Listen as Iowa Public Radio host Julie Englander talks with Ann Linnea, author of "Keepers of the Trees", and with Shannon Ramsay, President and CEO of the Iowa-based organization Trees Forever: http://iowapublicradio.org/single_story.php?storyid=933
Watch a short video of author Ann Linnea introducing Keepers of the Trees: A Guide to Re-Greening North America:
View a slideshow of Ann Linnea introducing images and concepts from Keepers of the Trees
About the Author, Ann Linnea
Ann Linnea began her writing career in Utah, authoring hiking and skiing guides as a U.S. Forest Service naturalist. Ann co-authored the award-winning Teaching Kids to Love the Earth (University of Minnesota Press, 1991). Her memoir, Deep Water Passage, a Spiritual Journey at Mid-Life, (Pocketbook, 1997) chronicles her journey as the first woman to circumnavigate Lake Superior by sea kayak. In 2002 Ann wrote A Journey through the Maxwelton Watershed, (Washington State, Water Quality Grant, 2002). In 2010 she co-authored The Circle Way: A Leader in Every Chair (Berrett-Koehler) with Christina Baldwin. Also out in 2010 is Ann's book, Keepers of the Trees—A Guide to Re-Greening North America (Skyhorse Publishing).
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Related Classes and Workshops
Wilderness quests and rites of passage led by Ann Linnea offer an immersion into the natural world with the support of community and time for solitude—a powerful way to take the next step in your life:
Visit her Wilderness Quests page to learn more.
In addition to Ann's quests and seminars in wilderness settings, PeerSpirit offers specifically designed nature-based experiences for organizations that integrate the wisdom of the wild world. Ann is also available for illustrated lectures and workshops based on the journey of her Keepers of the Trees. Contact her for more information.