By Richard Preston
Hidden away in foggy, uncharted rain wooded area valleys in Northern California are the biggest and tallest organisms the area has ever sustained–the coast redwood trees, Sequoia sempervirens. Ninety-six percentage of the traditional redwood forests were destroyed by way of logging, however the untouched fragments that stay are one of the nice wonders of nature. the most important redwoods have trunks as much as thirty ft large and will upward push greater than thirty-five tales above the floor, forming cathedral-like constructions within the air. till lately, redwoods have been regarded as nearly most unlikely to ascend, and the cover on the tops of those majestic timber used to be undiscovered. In The Wild Trees, Richard Preston unfolds the spellbinding tale of Steve Sillett, Marie Antoine, and the tiny staff of bold botanists and novice naturalists that stumbled on a misplaced international above California, a global that's harmful, hauntingly attractive, and unexplored.
The canopy voyagers are young–just students once they begin their quest–and they percentage a keenness for those bushes, persevering despite occasionally crushing own stumbling blocks and failings. They take tremendous dangers, they forget about universal knowledge (such because the proposal that there’s not anything left to find in North America), and so they even make love in hammocks stretched among branches 300 toes within the air.
The deep redwood cover is a vertical Eden full of mosses, lichens, noticed salamanders, striking gardens of ferns, and thickets of huckleberry timber, all growing to be out of big trunk structures that experience fused and shaped flying buttresses, occasionally carved into blackened chambers, hollowed out by means of hearth, known as “fire caves.” Thick layers of soil sitting on limbs harbor animal and flora that's unknown to technology. people go through the deep cover suspended on ropes, some distance out of sight of the floor, figuring out that the cost of a small mistake could be a plunge to one’s death.
Preston’s account of this striking international, through turns terrifying, relocating, and interesting, is an experience tale informed in novelistic aspect through a grasp of nonfiction narrative. the writer stocks his protagonists’ ardour for tall bushes, and he mastered the innovations of tall-tree mountaineering to inform the tale in The Wild Trees–the tale of the destiny of the world’s so much fantastic forests and of the imperiled biosphere itself.
From the Hardcover edition.