Conservation Conversation: Carroll Ritter, author of Magnificent Trees of Indiana

  • Thursday, June 23, 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

On June 23, 2022 at 7pm, Carroll D. Ritter will join our Conservation Conversation virtual lecture series to discuss his new book Magnificent Trees of Indiana and how it can be an inspiration to appreciate our grand forest heritage. Featuring the fascinating history of Indiana’s trees, remaining old-growth forest pieces and the state champions, along with trees of stunning beauty and unique forms stimulated the creation of this book. The objective was to create not another field guide, but an enjoyable, educational read, complimented by beautiful photography.

His role as the founder of Sycamore Land Trust’s Environmental Education program and a former Board member contributed to his desire to feature some of Sycamore’s properties and photographs in this book.

Carroll Ritter inherited a sense of wonder about trees from his father, who taught him so much about them in the woods. As a science educator, he built in lessons about forests and took many students to the woods to learn about their importance in the natural world. Having nominated seven state champion trees himself, he realized how a fascinating book could be created around Indiana’s largest specimens and how some old-growth tracts still exist here in our state. The book focuses on these remarkable places in a fashion intended to be enjoyable reading, educational, and superbly illustrated with fine photography.

Morgenstern’s Books, Indiana’s largest independent book store, will host an Author Talk and Reading with Carroll Ritter followed by a book signing on Saturday June 25th at 3pm. Morgenstern’s is generously donating 20% of the proceeds from every book purchased (online or in person) to Sycamore Land Trust!