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Eating Dirt

Deep Forests, Big Timber, and Life With the Tree-planting Tribe
Gill, Charlotte (Book - 2011 )
Average Rating: 4 stars out of 5.
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Charlotte Gill spent twenty years working as a tree planter in Canadian forests. In this book, she examines the environmental impact of logging and celebrates the value of forests from a perspective of some one whose work caught them between environmentalists and loggers.
Authors: Gill, Charlotte, 1971-
Title: Eating dirt
deep forests, big timber, and life with the tree-planting tribe
Publisher: Vancouver : Greystone Books, c2011
Characteristics: 247 p. ;,23 cm
Statement of Responsibility: Charlotte Gill
Notes: Co-published by the David Suzuki Foundation
Contents: The last place on Earth
A kind of tribe
Rookie Years
Green fluorescent protein
A furious way of being
The town that logging made
At the end of the reach
Extremophiles
Sunset
Exit lines
Summary: Charlotte Gill spent twenty years working as a tree planter in Canadian forests. In this book, she examines the environmental impact of logging and celebrates the value of forests from a perspective of some one whose work caught them between environmentalists and loggers.
Additional Contributors: David Suzuki Foundation
ISBN: 1553659775
9781553659778
1553657926
9781553657927
9781553657934
Branch Call Number: 333.751530971 G4752e 2011
Bibliography: Includes bibliographical references: p. [245]-247
Physical Form Available: Issued also in electronic format
Subject Headings: Forests and forestry Canada Gill, Charlotte, 1971- Tree planters (Persons) Canada Biography Tree planters (Persons) Canada Tree planting Canada
Topical Term: Forests and forestry
Tree planters (Persons)
Tree planters (Persons)
Tree planting
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What happens after a clear cut through a forest in the Great Northwest? Most often, a crew of tree-planters come in and stuff saplings into the ground as quickly as humanly possible. I'm not a poetry sort of person, much to the embarrassment of my English degree, but the spare gorgeousness of thi... Read More »

What happens after a clear cut through a forest in the Great Northwest? Most often, a crew of tree-planters come in and stuff saplings into the ground as quickly as humanly possible. I'm not a poetry sort of person, much to the embarrassment of my English degree, but the spare gorgeousness of thi... Read More »

What happens after a clear cut through a forest in the Great Northwest? Most often, a crew of tree-planters come in and stuff saplings into the ground as quickly as humanly possible. I'm not a poetry sort of person, much to the embarrassment of my English degree, but the spare gorgeousness of thi... Read More »

It's always more enjoyable to read about tree-planting than it is to do it. Gill explores this grueling work and the people who are motivated to do it.

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May 07, 2014
  • timbert rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Vivid & convincing description of a lifestyle I had not thought of, together with informative passages on trees & forests.
The writing in itself was pure pleasure to read, finished the book wanting more.

Blind Date with a Book 2014 comment: 1st impression - 4; Characters - 3; Story - 5. "My husband was a tree-planter for awhile, so maybe that's why I found this book boring - I have already heard a lot of tree-planting stories. It just didn't capture my interest like my other blind date from last year."

Jan 01, 2014
  • beardreamer58 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

One of the best books I have read

Jun 04, 2013
  • BLeboe rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

Great book. I never thought tree planting could be written about in such a poetical way. Brought back many memories.

Apr 15, 2013
  • DeltaQueen50 rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

Eating Dirt sheds light on a corner of the logging industry that isn’t well known and manages to do this while walking a fine line between denouncing or glorifying the business. Entertaining, beautifully written and informative, this is a book I relished.

Blind Date With A Book comment: "Thank-you for helping me stumble upon a treasure I never would have encountered on my own. The writiing was as gritty as it's title."

Jan 20, 2013
  • ljis rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

This book is a mixture of facts and fiction. It is amazing really how in each sentence Gill has created images of our planet and BC in such a sadly, beautiful way...informative, poetic and full of the natural wonders

Sep 27, 2012
  • racquetannie rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

well deserved awards. Gill is a wonderful writer and mixes the mundane and the scientific effortlessly. A must read for all who care about our forests.

Not a bad book - provides a bit of insight into the tree planting profession. A quiflk read.

May 13, 2012
  • 21221015178251 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

A wonderful book. I didn't want it to end.

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The Dirtiest Job in the World

Charlotte Gill spent twenty years working as a tree planter. During her million-tree career, she encountered hundreds of clear-cuts, each one a collision site between human civilization and the natural world, a complicated landscape presenting geographic evidence of our appetites. Charged with sowing the new forest in these clear-cuts, tree planters are a tribe caught between the stumps and the virgin timber, between environmentalists and loggers. Her widely acclaimed book Eating Dirt eloquently evokes the wonder of trees, which grow from a tiny seed into one of the world's largest organisms, our slowest-growing "renewable" resource. But most of all, the book joyously celebrates the priceless value of forests and the ancient, ever-changing relationship between humans and trees.

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