Connections: Suzanne Simard, author of "Finding the Mother Tree"
Ecologist Suzanne Simard wants to change the way you think about trees. Simard has dedicated her life to studying how trees communicate. Her research details how they perceive one another, how they collaborate with their neighbors, even how they remember the past. Her work in forests has informed the logging industry, and she hopes it can influence federal policy.
Simard will be a guest of the Western New York Land Conservancy next week, but first, she joins us on Connections to discuss her new book, "Finding the Mother Tree: Discovering the Wisdom of the Forest." We hear about her research on the "wood-wide-web", her encounters with grizzly bears, and what she wants everyone to know about the wisdom of trees. Our guests:
- Suzanne Simard, ecologist, professor in the Department of Forest and Conservation Sciences at the University of British Columbia, and author of "Finding the Mother Tree: Discovering the Wisdom of the Forest"
- Kyle Semmel, communications manager for the Western New York Land Conservancy