An urgent, illuminating portrait of forest migration, of the people studying forests of the past, protecting forests of the present, planting forests of the future.
Forests are restless. Any time a new one sprouts, the forest that includes it has shifted. Today, an array of obstacles – humans felling trees by the billions, invasive pests transported through global trade threaten to overwhelm these vital movements. Worst of all, climate is changing faster than ever before & forests are struggling to keep up.
The Journeys of Trees explores evolving movements of forests by focusing on 5 trees: Giant Sequoia, Ash, Black Spruce, Florida Torreya, Monterey Pine. Journalist Zach St. George visits these trees across continents. Finds Sequoias losing their needles in California, fossil records showing paths of ancient forests in Alaska, domesticated pines in New Zealand, tender sprouts of blight-resistant American Chestnuts in New Hampshire. Meets lively people on conservation front lines, from an ecologist studying droughts to an evangelist trying to save a dying species. Examines how we can all help our trees, our planet to survive & thrive.