Lecture: The Thousand Year Wood

Lecture: The Thousand Year Wood
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8/19/2019 10:00 AM
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9/20/2019 5:00 PM
United States Botanic Garden 100 Maryland Ave, SW
Washington, DC 20515, US
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William Bryant Logan, Founder and President, Urban Arborists, Inc., Faculty Member, New York Botanical Garden

Once, people around the globe did not simply live beside or under trees. We lived with them, taking from them and giving to them. We cut them back, and they sprouted again. Whole woodlands were coppiced, that is, cut near the ground, or pollarded, that is, cut at about 6 feet tall. Surprisingly, perhaps, this was not an exploitative but a symbiotic relationship. Proper human care for the woodlands increased their diversity, and promoted the numbers and kinds of insects, birds and other creatures who lived among the trees and the open understory vegetation. The trees themselves lived longer. In return, the trees gave us wood, fodder, medicines, foods, rope, clothes and ships, as well as beauty, fresh air, and cooling shade. Whole cultures were built around such woods. This talk evokes that ancient world, not as an idyll of the past, but as a model for a future, active relationship with our trees. It also suggests ways in which we can start this living relationship anew, replacing extraction with grateful exchange. Please note: Doors open at 6:15 p.m.

DATE: Friday, September 20

TIME: 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

LOCATION: Conservatory Gallery

FREE: Pre-registration required

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