Excerpted from Amazon Books
Q: What is an urban forest?
Q: Why do we need trees?
Q: Why are trees disappearing?
If you want answers to those and dozens of other questions about trees, there’s an interesting and informative new book for you: Jill Jonnes’ Urban Forests: A Natural History of Trees and People in the American Cityscape. The author writes an engaging history of trees that were imported into the U.S., of our native trees, and famous trees. Other chapters explain the factors in modern life that are destroying the habitat of trees and the diseases that are causing too many species to disappear. Because West Lafayette is a designated Tree City, readers can learn about urban forestry and how we all can help our trees survive.
There are a few photos, including one of a badly damaged tree from Ground Zero in Manhattan that was saved, the Chicago skyline that includes some of its urban forest, and the enormous root of a famous old elm tree. So, to learn more about the trees you see, enjoy, and benefit from every day, you’ll find a copy of this book in the West Lafayette Library and in the Tippecanoe County Library in Lafayette.
Emerald Ash Borers led to the removal of 15 large Ash trees along Navajo Drive near Blessed Sacrament Church in West Lafayette, a sad loss. Please, stay alert and safe; dead Ash trees are dropping limbs, or worse falling, all over our town. If you have a dead street tree that you think is unsafe, please call the city’s Greenspace Manager Bev Shaw at 765-775-5161.