Gathering Moss

by Robin Wall Kimmerer

2003. Oregon State University Press, Corvallis.

168 pages.

Moss, the soft green blanket of the forest, may seem like an ecological afterthought or something small and non-essential to either forest or humans.  But small lives can have important roles.  The lyrical writing of Robin Wall Kimmerer shines light on the ecological tale of the mosses’ place in woodlands, along streams, as well as in our human history.  We two legged creatures also share an ancient story with moss.

Robin Wall Kimmerer is a scientist, a professor of environmental science, and a member of the Potawatomi Tribe.  Don’t let the title “scientist” scare you, her writing is engaging, the book is informative.  You will never look at moss the same way again.

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