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RVFN: Trees and the Environment

Rideau Valley Field NaturalistsInformation contact: Judy Buehler – (613) 326-0106;

Trees and the Environment topic of next RVFN meeting

By Judy Buehler
Rideau Valley Field Naturalists

‘Give me some acorns and a shovel and I will repair the planet…,” says Diana Beresford-Kroeger.

Diana will be speaking at the Rideau Valley Field Naturalists’ meeting on Sunday, February 3rd where she will talk on native trees of eastern North America. Before our ancestors arrived, native peoples held some trees sacred and used some for medicinal purposes. Over the last century, a lot of our forests have come down. In order to fight global warming, these forests must go back up.

Beresford-Kroeger, a scientist and author specializing in classical botany and medical biochemistry, was raised in Ireland and now lives near Merrickville. Her work, ‘Arboretum America: A Philosophy of the Forest’ won the American National Arbor Day Foundation Media Award for exemplary educational work on trees and forests. She is currently working on ‘Arboretum Borealis’, a sister book, about the great northern forests and their importance in the global system.

The general public is invited to join the RVFN for their meeting at 2 p.m., Sun., Feb. 3, in the All-Purpose Room at the Perth and District Indoor Swimming Pool on Wilson Street at Sunset Boulevard. There is a small admission fee of $5.00 for non-members.

For more information about the RVFN, contact Judy Buehler at 326-0106.