Background Materials


Katie Pearl, Lisa D’Amour and Shawn Hall describe How to Build a Forest – the collaboration, the ecosystems that inspired it, and its core values

They have provided a field guide for the materials used in the performance as well

Partial Bibliography

Barry, John M.: Rising Tide – The Great Mississippi River Flood of 1927 and How it Changed America

Blossfeldt, Karl; The Complete Published Works

Commoner, Barry: The Closing Circle

Dietrich, William: The Final Forest: Battle for the Last Great Trees of the Pacific         Northwest

Drengson and Taylor: Wild Foresting Practicing Nature’s Wisdom

Egan, Timothy: The Worst Hard Time

Fowles, John: The Tree

Gablick, Suzi: Conversations before the End of Time

Grandon, Greg: Fordlandia

Greenberg, Paul: Four Fish

Hartman, Thom: The Last Hours of Ancient Sunlight- The fate of the world and what we can do before it’s too late

Heinrich, Bernd: The Trees in my Forest

Hogan, Linda: Dwellings- A spiritual History of the Living World

Krech III, Shepard: The Ecological Indian – Myth and History

Kurlansky, Mark: Cod – A biography of the fish that changed the world

Leiren-Young, Mark: The Green Chain

Leopold, Aldo: A Sand County Almanac

McPhee, John: Control of Nature

Merwin, WS: Unchopping a Tree (poem/essay)

Mowatt, Farley: Sea of Slaughter

Narby, Ph.D., Jeremy: The Cosmic Serpent

Nouvian, Claire: The Deep- the Extraordinary Creatures of the Abyss

Pollan, Michael: The Botany of Desire; see and PBS’ Botany of Desire video

Preston, Richard: The Wild Trees

Rocca, Alessandro: Natural Architecture

Ross, Rupert: Returning to the Teachings

Solnit, Rebecca: A Field Guide to Getting Lost

Stamets, Paul:  Mycelium Running – How Mushrooms can Help Save the World

Stone, Christopher D.: Should Trees Have Standing? – Law, Morality, and the Environment

Tidwell, Mike: Bayou Farewell – The Rich Life and Tragic Death of Louisiana’s Cajun Coast

Valient, Jon: The Golden Spruce

Weisman, Allen: The World Without Us

Whynott, Douglas: Following the Bloom

Additional Resources

The Crochet Coral Reef Project – our responsibility to the ocean

The Story of Stuff

Maya Lin’s “Unchopping a Tree,” part of her 2009 What is Missing memorial project.

World Environment Day (WED) sponsored by the United Nations. Occurs every June 5. In 2011 the theme was Forests: Nature at your Service.

The World of Waste Infographic (from Science)  offers insights into where the world’s waste is coming from, where it is going, and how waste streams are changing.

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