The Eastern Hemlock is Dying
You have to trust us.
Because I realize that a show about the Eastern Hemlock doesn't sound that sexy. In fact, we've done tree shows in the past after which I have said, "Let's not do any more tree shows." But we think we've got something here.
First of all, this our third show working with Bob Sullivan, a writer who, in the past, has been able to make just about any topic exciting. Second, this is a story with a villain, a cottony, crawling, feeding life form called the wooly adelgid. You want something you can hate without the tiniest tremor of remorse? We're going to give it to you.
Third, this little villain is striking right at a major player in the natural cycles that can either slow or accelerate climate change. Fourth, we're going to be talking about the souls of trees. Trust us.
This idea for this show comes from Bob Sullivan's article, "Forest Farewell," in the March/April 2014 issue of Orion Magazine. You can read it here.
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- David Foster is the director of Harvard University’s Harvard Forest and the author of "Thoreau’s Country: Journey through a Transformed Landscape" and editor of "Hemlock: A Forest Giant on the Edge"
- Bob Sullivan is a journalist and the author of several books including "Rats," "The Thoreau You Don’t Know," and "My American Revolution." He is a contributing editor to Vogue, and his writing has appeared in The New Yorker and The New York Times Magazine and Orion Magazine.
- Dana Lynn Driscoll blogs about sustainability and the natural world