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Tuesday, March 26

Sprout Lands: Tending the Endless Gifts of Trees

Tuesday, March 26, 2019
6:30 PM - 8:30 PM
Chapel of St. James

A Conversation with William Bryant Logan and William Schuster

In his new book Sprout Lands: Tending the Endless Gifts of Trees, arborist and longtime friend of the Cathedral, William Bryant Logan, recovers the lost tradition that sustained human life and culture for ten millennia. Once, farmers knew how to make a living hedge and fed their flocks on tree-branch hay. Rural people knew how to prune hazel to foster abundance: both of edible nuts, and of straight, strong, flexible rods for bridges, walls, and baskets. Townspeople cut their beeches to make charcoal to fuel ironworks. Shipwrights shaped oaks to make hulls. No place could prosper without its inhabitants knowing how to cut their trees so they would sprout again.

Dr. William Schuster has served as the Executive Director of Black Rock Forest Consortium since 1992. Under his leadership the Consortium has grown to support more than 13,000 student-visitor days annually at Black Rock Forest, as well as an annual public visitorship of 50,000. Bill’s primary research interests are understanding tree and forest health and growth in relation to environment, and long-term ecological sustainability.

This event is presented in conjunction with The Value of Sanctuary: Building a House Without Walls.