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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:

Evan Dawson is the host of "Connections with Evan Dawson." He joined WXXI in January 2014 after working at 13WHAM-TV, where he served as morning news anchor. He was hired as a reporter for 13WHAM-TV in 2003 before being promoted to anchor in 2007.
Megan Mack is the executive producer of "Connections with Evan Dawson" and live/televised engagement programming.