The Hidden Life of Trees


Written by a biologist and forest manager, the book uses recent research findings and simple language to shed light on the incredible communicative abilities of trees and forest networks. It can help you see the connection between biodiversity and resilience, and network theory.

A key take-away is that trees survive much better in large, well inter-connected and resilient forests (which resonates with recent economic theories), which usually means old forests. In good forest habitats, a huge diversity of fungi, insects and other lifeforms redistribute and manage resources in a great network of mycelium and tree roots, a network which is severed and broken down by modern, commercial forest management. Just planting trees will fall very short of the resilience and carbon sequestering abilities of old forests.