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A Note from Joan
Hello, all you forest lovers. 

I am happy to announce that my third book, Nature's Temples: The Complex World of Old-Growth Forests, was released in early December. I know that many of you already have copies. I wrote this particular book to support the efforts of all those who are trying to preserve ancient forests. I searched the scientific literature for any studies that compared the biomass and biodiversity in "managed" (logged, thinned) forests and "unmanaged" (left-alone) forests. What I learned is that the unmanaged forests are by far the healthiest.

Although I didn't expect a book like this to be a big seller, I have been encouraged by its good reviews and strong sales (all royalties are donated to the Old-Growth Forest Network).

Nature's Temples was even mentioned in The New York Times Book Review...

Maloof eloquently urges us to cherish the wildness of what little old-growth woodlands we have left...Not only are they home to the richest diversity of creatures, but they work hard for humans too.

...and reviewed on Amazon by readers (4.6 out of 5 stars):

Excellent read! I read this marvelous book while traveling this week, and I was unable to put it down. So much insight into the finer workings of the forests, and their inhabitants. Joan Maloof's previous release Among the Ancients shares the awe, and wonder, the beauty to behold - Nature's Temples is the further workings of a devout believer in the power, and sanctity of the Old Growth Forest - Delving deeper into the layers of life and their dependence on the ecosystems that only can occur when nature is left untouched.

You can read the other reviews and order a copy here. The book can also be ordered at any independent bookstore of your choosing.

If you know people who might be interested in this book, I hope you'll forward information (such as this email) to them.

And if you do read and enjoy the book, I'd greatly appreciate if you would post a quick review on Amazon.
Arnold Arboretum Public Talk & Book Signing
I am heading to the Northeast again, this time to Harvard University's Arnold Arboretum! I will have my new book, Nature's Temples:  The Complex World of Old-Growth Forests, with me and will present a public talk on February 22 at 7 p.m. at the Arboretum (125 Arborway, Boston, MA). I hope to see some of our tree lovers there. 


Photo by Robert Llewellyn: In the Rivulet Forest at William Cullen Bryant's Homestead in Massachusetts.
Speaking Out for Threatened Forests
In addition to creating a national network of protected and open-to-the-public forests, the Old-Growth Forest Network speaks out to protect threatened forests, especially threatened old-growth forests. As you might imagine, creating a national network and speaking out for forests across the country is a huge job, and we need all the help we can get (through donations or labor). 

We are so happy to report that Matt Markworth has stepped up to help spread the word about threatened forests and let others know what can be done to help. He has created and maintains the Forest Reporter website. I hope you will visit his site soon (soon to be linked to our page) and do what you can to save the forests listed there.
The Year Behind & the Year Ahead
2016 was another successful year for the Old-Growth Forest Network. With help from my assistant, Susan Barnett, my wonderful board, and our many generous contributors, I was able to travel across the country adding forests to the Network and educating about the need to preserve forests.

The 2017 schedule is already filling up, with talks and dedications scheduled in Massachusetts, Maryland, Pennsylvania, Ohio, and California. I will be driving across the country this year and am hoping to add Texas and Louisiana forests to the Network too. Thanks to all our County Coordinators for being the "wind beneath my wings." I couldn't do it without you. Please let us know if you have a forest that you want to help add to the Network.

Click here to view the current list of dedicated Network forests on our website.

Photo: Dedication of Hammon Woods in Richland County, Ohio. With help from Eric Miller, Cheryl Harner, and the Annette McCormick Fund for the Environment. 
Upcoming Events
February 21: Cambridge, MA: Presentation with Andrew Joslin (by invitation only)
February 22: MIT, Cambridge, MA (university class)
February 22: TALK & BOOK SIGNING: Arnold Arboretum, Boston, MA (registration required)
April 15: TALK: Eastern Shore Land Conservancy (sold out)
April 20: NASA Carbon Monitoring System presentation
April 25: Speaking, Atlanta, GA: Festival of the Forest at Emory University 
April 25: Atlanta, GA: Festival of the Forest events
April 26: Atlanta, GA: Festival of the Forest events
April 27: Rome, GA (by invitation only)
April 28: Gainesville, GA: Linwood Nature Preserve Community Ecology Center Dedication
April 29: TALK: GA Forest Watch: Wild and Wooly Forest Festival, featured speaker
May 1: TALK: Pendle Hill, PA
May 24: TALK: Cylburn Arboretum Association, Baltimore, MD
May 25: TALK: State Master Gardener/Master Naturalist Advanced Training, College Park, MD
June 13: TALK & BOOK SIGNING: Fallbrook Library, CA
August 5: TALK: Tower Hill, Worcester, MA
Our corporate sponsors are vital to the ongoing operations of the Old-Growth Forest Network. Each of our four corporate sponsors has found its unique way to honor the earth through their business practices. In addition, they have committed to donating a portion of their corporate earnings to the Old-Growth Forest Network. These ongoing commitments are vital for our work. We hope you will take the opportunity to visit their websites and favor them with your business as is possible.  
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Wake the Tree Furniture Co. is a small studio in Central Pennsylvania devoted to handcrafting fine modern furniture from beautiful solid wood. All  products are handmade by Anthony, a second-generation woodworker. 
Whalepond Furniture Co. is a small shop owned and founded by lifelong maker and designer Erik Wilburn. Erik holds dear to the methods and materials that have stood the test of time.  A nature enthusiast, Erik has ensured all Whalepond furniture materials are sustainably sourced.  
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