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The Great Trees of New Brunswick, 2nd Edition

by (author) David Palmer & Tracy Glynn

photographs by Arielle DeMerchant

Goose Lane Editions
Initial publish date
May 2019
Trees, Forests & Rainforests, Reference
  • Paperback / softback

    Publish Date
    May 2019
    List Price

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An Atlantic Bestseller

New Brunswick is home to more than five billion trees, many native to the Acadian forest and some exotics introduced by settlers. For this new edition of The Great Trees of New Brunswick (the first edition was published in 1987), forester David Palmer and conservationist Tracy Glynn have prepared a book that doubles as an informative guide to the province's native and introduced species and a compendium of "champion" trees, drawn from nominations from all corners of the province.

Divided into sections on hardwoods, softwoods, and exotics and lavishly illustrated with full-colour photographs, The Great Trees of New Brunswick features chapters on all thirty-two native species and nine introduced species. Each chapter includes information on the tree's defining features, habitat and uses, as well as photographs and a detailed description of champion trees. Rounding out the book is an introductory essay on the Acadian forest — its history, survival, and future.

Whether you're an avid hiker, outdoors person, or simply someone who wants to know more about the trees of the Acadian forest, you'll find The Great Trees of New Brunswick to be an essential reference to New Brunswick's forests and its panoply of trees.

Co-published with the Conservation Council of New Brunswick

About the authors

David Palmer was the manager of the York, Sunbury and Charlotte County Forest Products Marketing Board from 1988 to 2014. A regular contributor to Atlantic Forestry Review, Palmer holds an MSc in Forestry from the University of New Brunswick and is a past president of both the Conservation Council of New Brunswick and the Canadian Forestry Association of New Brunswick.

David Palmer's profile page

A native of Miramichi and daughter of a horse-logging father, Tracy Glynn has been the forest campaigner at the Conservation Council of New Brunswick since 2006. Glynn also teaches at the University of New Brunswick and St. Thomas University, writes and coordinates editing for the NB Media Co-op, and works with land defenders across Turtle Island, Indonesia, the Philippines, Guatemala, Colombia, and beyond.

Tracy Glynn's profile page

Arielle DeMerchant is a biologist for the Department of Environment and Local Government in New Brunswick. She's also an avid nature photographer. Her work can be seen on her website

Arielle DeMerchant's profile page

Editorial Reviews

"My first thought on reading The Great Trees of New Brunswick was to jump in the car and go see the nominated species. Failing that, Palmer and Glynn's new book is the next best thing."

Gary L. Saunders

"A fascinating, fact-filled celebration of New Brunswick's tallest, fattest, and quirkiest trees. David Palmer and Tracy Glynn reveal the love story that exists between New Brunswickers and their forests, and the essential role that trees play in the lives, health, and spirit of the people."

Dirk Van Loon

"A gentle ramble with a knowledgeable guide through some of the province's most cherished places. This evocative book weaves science with traditional wisdom and empirical data with lyrical prose. A testament to our abiding relationship with these stalwart trees who embody dignity and perseverance."

Deborah Carr