Author and Environmental Scientist Joan Maloof to Speak at Adkins Arboretum

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joan-maloof-1How can we save the earth? More specifically, how can we stop the downward spiral of the earth’s forests? Author and environmental scientist Joan Maloof has considered this question from the view of an author, an activist and, most recently, a nonprofit director and founder of the Old-Growth Forest Network. She has probably visited more US old-growth forests than anyone alive today. Join a discussion of special forests and how they might be saved for the next generation when Maloof presents Nature’s Temples: Biodiversity and Old-Growth on Wed., Oct. 26 at Adkins Arboretum. The program begins at 2 p.m.

In this gathering for tree lovers, Maloof will discuss remains of these never-logged forests and what makes them so special—including the latest scientific findings. She will also discuss the successful expansion of the Old-Growth Forest Network, an organization formed to ensure that each county in the US capable of supporting forest growth will preserve at least one forest open to the public.

Maloof is the author of two previously released forest-related books: Teaching the Trees: Lessons from the Forest (2005) and Among the Ancients: Adventures in the Eastern Old-Growth Forests (2011). Her latest book, Nature’s Temples: The Complex World of Old-Growth Forests, will be released later this year. She is a Professor Emeritus at Salisbury University, where she founded the environmental studies program. She has experienced many of the nation’s old-growth forests firsthand.

Nature’s Temples is $15 for Arboretum members and $20 for non-members. Advance registration is appreciated at adkinsarboretum.org or by calling 410-634-2847, ext. 0.

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