Upcoming Events

  • Cathedral of St. John the Divine: William Bryant Logan and William Schuster

    Nature as Community and Sanctuary: Bill Logan, arborist and author, and Bill Schuster, biologist and executive director of Black Rock Forest discuss the world of nature as the necessary sanctuary for human beings. In 1979, at the Cathedral, Rene Dubos gave a sermon about lichens, in which he showed that they were an organism that contains within itself a community. He suggested the humans and the world around us were no less a community and no less dependent upon one another. There is no more important task for our time than to restore the intimate connection beween people and the land. Logan reads from his new book, Sprout Lands, about times and places where this active relationship was intact. Schuster talks about the great work at Black Rock Forest to restore and study a forest, bringing people back to it again.

    Cathedral of St. John the Divine
    1047 Amsterdam Avenue
    New York, NY 10025

  • Greenlight Bookstore: William Bryant Logan & Marie Howe

    Greenlight welcomes Brooklyn-based arborist William Bryant Logan to read and discuss Sprout Lands: Tending the Endless Gift of Trees. Once, no place could prosper without its inhabitants knowing how to cut their trees so they would sprout again. Pruning the trees didn’t destroy them; rather, it created the healthiest, most sustainable and most diverse woodlands that we have ever known. In this journey from the English fens to Spain, Japan, and California, Logan rediscovers what was once an everyday ecology. He offers us both practical knowledge about how to live with trees to mutual benefit and hope that humans may again learn what the persistence and generosity of trees can teach. Logan, a Greenlight neighbor who also manages the trees at our neighbor St. Joseph’s College, presents his book in conversation with former poet laureate of New York, Marie Howe.

    Fort Greene store:
    686 Fulton street

    Brooklyn, NY 11217

  • Oblong Books & Music: William Bryant Logan - "Sprout Lands: Tending the Endless Gift of Trees"

    In his new book, arborist and author of Dirt: The Ecstatic Skin of the Earth William Bryant Logan recovers the lost tradition that sustained human life and culture for ten millennia.

    Oblong Books & Music
    6422 Montgomery Street
    Rhinebeck, NY 12572

  • Connecticut Botanical Society: William Bryant Logan -- The Thousand Year Wood

    Once, people around the globe did not simply live beside or under trees. We lived with them, taking from them and giving to them. We cut them back, and they sprouted again. Whole woodlands were coppiced, that is, cut near the ground, or pollarded, that is, cut at about 6 feet tall. Surprisingly, perhaps, this was not an exploitative but a cooperative relationship. Proper human care for the woodlands increased their diversity, and promoted the numbers and kinds of insects, birds and other creatures who lived among the trees and the open understory vegetation. The trees themselves lived longer. In return, the trees gave us wood, fodder, medicines, foods, rope, clothes and ships, as well as beauty, fresh air, and cooling shade. Whole cultures were built around such woods. This talk evokes that ancient world, not as an idyl of the past, but as a model for a future, active relationship to our trees. It also suggests a few ways in which we can start this living relationship anew.



    Middlesex County Extension Center
    1066 Saybrook Rd.
    Haddam, CT

  • Left Bank Books: William Bryant Logan - "Sprout Lands: Tending the Endless Gift of Trees"

    In his new book, arborist and author of Dirt: The Ecstatic Skin of the Earth William Bryant Logan recovers the lost woodland tradition that sustained human life and culture for ten millennia.

    Left Bank Books
    109 Church Street
    Belfast, ME

  • Print: A Bookstore -- William Bryant Logan - "Sprout Lands: Tending the Endless Gifts of Trees"

    In his new book, William Bryant Logan -- arborist and author of Dirt: The Ecstatic Skin of the Earth and Oak: The Frame of Civilization -- recovers the lost woodland tradition that sustained human life and culture for ten millennia. He offers its absorbing stories as a model for the most important task we face: to restore the intimate relationship between humans and the natural world.

  • Northshire Bookstore: William Bryant Logan - "Sprout Lands: Tending the Endless Gifts of Trees"

    In his new book, William Bryant Logan -- arborist and author of Dirt: The Ecstatic Skin of the Earth and Oak: The Frame of Civilization -- recovers the lost woodland tradition that sustained human life and culture for ten millennia. He offers its absorbing stories as a model for the most important task we face: to restore the intimate relationship between humans and the natural world.

    4869 Main Street
    Manchester Center, VT

  • Toadstool Bookshop: William Bryant Logan - "Sprout Lands: Tending the Endless GIfts of Trees"

    In his new book, William Bryant Logan -- arborist and author of Dirt: The Ecstatic Skin of the Earth and Oak: The Frame of Civilization -- recovers the lost woodland tradition that sustained human life and culture for ten millennia. He offers its absorbing stories as a model for the most important task we face: to restore the intimate relationship between humans and the natural world.

    12 Depot Square
    Peterborough, NH

  • NYBG: William Bryant Logan with Robin Wall Kimmerer

    William Bryant Logan is an arborist on the faculty at NYBG and the award-winning author of four books. His most recent, Sprout Lands: Tending the Endless Gift of Trees, is a poetic and practical global journey to rediscover and celebrate the lost traditions of tree pruning that sustained human life and culture for millennia, a time when the responsible, reciprocal relationship between humans and trees created the healthiest, most sustainable, most diverse woodlands we have ever known.

    Lecture followed by conversation with Robin Wall Kimmerer, Ph.D., SUNY Distinguished Teaching Professor, College of Environmental Science and Forestry, and author of Braiding Sweetgrass.

    2900 Southern Boulevard
    Bronx, NY 10458-5126

  • Architecture of Trees Hike

    All the trillions of trees in the world grow in only about two dozen forms. Each tree expresses its basic form and then repeats it throughout its long life. The tree can even be reborn in old age by repeating its first shape. Learn about tree architecture with Bill Logan, author of DIRT, OAK, AIR and the about-to-be-released SPROUT LANDS. The event will conclude with an easy hike to see how the Preserve trees are expressing themselves.

    Eldridge Research Station
    284 Pond Hill Road
    Rensselaerville, NY 12147

    Join us for a locally-brewed pint afterwards at the Taproom,

    26 County Route 353
    Rensselaerville, NY 12147