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After six months of winter, most everybody is eager to get back outside and enjoy the natural world. This book will prepare readers for their outdoor adventures by increasing understanding of the vital role of trees and forests in the history of the United States. In American Canopy: Trees, Forests, and the Making of a Nation  author Eric Rutkow begins the story of trees in the early days of the republic when the forests seemed like an inexhuastable resource. Moving through the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, the author visits Walden Pond, tells the terrifiyng story of the Peshigo Fire of 1871, and relates the desperate efforts to save the American elm and American chestnut trees. Along the way we learn about the keen interest taken in trees and forests by some of our most revered presidents, including George Washinton, Thomas Jefferson, Theodore Roosevelt, and Franklin Roosevelt, whose initiatives resulted in the planting of more than 3 billion trees in the United States during his 14 years as president.
This is a book that will appeal to both readers of American history and nature lovers.
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