Emilee Bell


Excellent, Intermediate, Young Adult, Environmental Science, Science, Forestry, Ecology, Plants

Document Type

Book Review


Forest Talk unravels the complexities of the symbiotic relationships within a forest that go on under our very own feet. Koch takes the time to build the backstory from indigenous knowledge all the way up to the cutting edge research of today. From fungi to humans, trees connect with and through a wide array of organisms, with life-changing implications at every junction. For example, certain deciduous trees have built-in trade agreements with coniferous trees to exchange resources during difficult seasons or when a disease plagues one of the species but not the other. The health of a forest literally depends on diversity, helping us realize that humans could learn a lot from floral society structures.