Trees Have Social Networks, Too

The Saturday Profile By SALLY McGRANE JAN. 29, 2016 Link To New York Times Article German Forest Ranger Finds That Trees Have Social Networks, Too Mr. Wohlleben, 51, is a very tall career forest ranger who, with his ramrod posture and muted green uniform, looks a little like one of the sturdy beeches in the woods he cares for. Yet he is lately something of a sensation as a writer in Germany, a place where the forest has long played an outsize role in the cultural consciousness, in places like fairy tales, 20th-century philosophy, Nazi ideology and the birth of the modern environmental movement. Mr. Wohlleben traces his love of the forest to his early childhood, where he raised spiders …