by Rita Hooper
I’m hooked on NPR — National Public Radio. Last week, I was listening to the Diane Rehm Show when she had Eric Rutkow on, talking about his latest book, “American Canopy — Trees, Forests and the Making of a Nation.”
I intend to get a copy for my son for Christmas. The book chronicles the history of American through trees. He spoke about when the settlers first came to America, there was about a billion acres of ancient forests. This has been drastically reduced over the years, first with home building by the settlers.
Wood was a cheap resource and a good building material. Westward expansion, industrialization, continually increasing population and the building of the suburbs have continued to decrease our woodland acreage.