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Michael Ekers

Michael Ekers is a post-doctoral fellow at the University of Toronto. After planting trees for eight years, his doctoral research focused on the cultural politics of tree planting in British Columbia.

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Building Forests

A memoir focuses on the people as much as the trees April 2012
Charlotte Gill’s Eating Dirt: Deep Forests, Big Timber and Life with the Tree-Planting Tribe runs against the grain of existing descriptions of Canada’s reforestation industry. Whereas many accounts of tree planting are romantic or overly sentimental, Gill’s narrative reads as a sincere treatment of everyday life in the industry. Partly autobiographical (she worked in the tree-planting industry from the early 1990s…