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Eating Dirt

Deep Forests, Big Timber, and Life with the Tree-Planting Tribe
Paperback Book
Publisher: 
D&M Publishers Inc.
 | 
October, 2012
ISBN:
9781553657927
Quantity: 
2
$22.95 CAD
Banyen's Description: 

During Charlotte Gill’s 20 years working as a tree planter she encountered hundreds of clear-cuts, each one a collision site between human civilization and the natural world, a complicated landscape presenting geographic evidence of human appetites. Charged with sowing the new forest in these clear-cuts, tree planters are a tribe caught between the stumps and the virgin timber, between environmentalists and loggers.

In Eating Dirt, Gill offers up a slice of tree-planting life in all of its soggy, gritty exuberance while questioning the ability of conifer plantations to replace original forests, which evolved over millennia into intricate, complex ecosystems. Among other topics, she also touches on the boom-and-bust history of logging and the versatility of wood, from which we have devised countless creations as diverse as textiles and airplane parts. She also eloquently evokes the wonder of trees, our slowest-growing “renewable” resource and joyously celebrates the priceless value of forests and the ancient, ever-changing relationship between humans and trees.

“Gill takes us into the remote and rarely seen world of the tree planter, immersing us in the unique combination of sweat, fog, heartache, and humor that distinguishes it from all other labours.” —John Vaillant, author of The Tiger

“A joy of a book! Eating Dirt romps through the grime, the pain, and the legendary, eccentric lifestyles of the tribe of tree planters. In this natural history of tree planting, Charlotte Gill discovers beauty even in the clear-cuts of our thrashes forests, and the often-deranged culture that works to protect the remnants of a noble environment.” —Brian Brett, author of Trauma Farm

Publisher’s Description: 
  • Winner of the B.C. National Award for Canadian Non-Fiction
  • Finalist for the Charles Taylor Prize for Literary Non-Fiction
  • Finalist for the Hilary Weston Writers' Trust Prize for Non-Fiction
  • A Globe 100 Best Book

Eating Dirt is an extended postcard from the cut blocks -- a vivid portrayal of one woman's life planting trees, her insights into the forest industry and its environmental implications, and a celebration of the wonder of trees.

Charlotte Gill spent almost twenty years working as a tree planter in the forests of Canada. During her million-tree career, she encountered hundreds of clear-cuts, each one a collision site between human civilization and the natural world. Charged with sowing the new forest in these clear-cuts, tree planters are a tribe caught between the stumps and the virgin timber, between environmentalists and loggers.

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