John Vallant’s tragic tale is a story of a unique golden tree, the only one of its kind in the world. Ironically, it was destroyed by a famous logger-turned-activist Grant Hadwin in a misguided attempt to preserve the oldest survivors (trees) in the world. Located in the midst of the British Columbia old-growth forest, the 165 foot tall Sitka spruce, a Holy symbol to the local Haida Indians, was also a symbol of the widespread destruction of a rapacious logging industry and “man’s vexed relationship with Nature.”
The writing is beautiful, allowing the reader to absorb the Canadian Galapolos where green giants live 500 years and grow to 300 feet, a biology almost forgotten by modern man. Read this book. It will change your opinion about environmentalists and the responsibility humans have to other species on this planet.
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