Urban Forests: A Natural History of Trees & People in the American Cityscape - October 5

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Thursday, October 5, 4–6 p.m.

This program will be held at the Academy Art Museum.

In her latest book, Urban Forests, Jill Jonnes tells the story of urban trees and the Americans—presidents, plant explorers, visionaries, citizen activists, scientists, nurserymen, and tree nerds—who have passionately promoted the greening of our cities. Ranging from Jefferson’s day through the present, Jonnes celebrates the nation’s arboreal advocates, from the founders of Arbor Day, arboretums, and tree surgery to the current generation of tree evangelists and scientists who employ the latest technology to illuminate the value of trees as green infrastructure and their importance to public health.

Jonnes holds a PhD in American history from Johns Hopkins Univeristy. She is the author of Eiffel's Tower, Conquering Gotham, Empires of Light, and South Bronx Rising. Founder of the non-profit Baltimore Tree Trust, she is leading the Baltimore City Forestry Board’s new initiative, Baltimore’s Flowering Tree Trails. As a staff member of the 2010 Presidential National Commission on the BP Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill and Offshore Drilling, she wrote the first chapter of the report Deep Water: The Gulf Oil Disaster and the Future of Offshore Drilling. In the fall of 2011, she was a scholar studying Trees as Green Infrastructure at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars in Washington, DC. Jonnes was also named a National Endowment for the Humanities scholar and has received several grants from the Ford Foundation.

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