Jared Farmer, Ph.D.

Jared FarmerTerm: Fall 2011

Contact: jaredfarmer.net

Topic:

While at Grey Towers, Jared Farmer (Associate Professor of history at Stony Brook University) worked on the manuscript of his book Trees in Paradise: A California History (Norton, 2013). Trees in Paradise is a history of the Golden State told through the famous trees—specifically, four genera that have become state icons: redwoods, eucalypts, citruses, and palms.

In 2014, the Forest History Society awarded Prof. Farmer the Charles A. Weyerhaeuser Award for best book in forest and conservation history for Trees in Paradise.

Testimonial:

“The Forest Service staff at Grey Towers was most accommodating. What a treat to wander and work among the belongings of Gifford Pinchot while writing a history of forests and trees! I was also happy to get to know Milford, a nice small town with many historic buildings.”

Major works:

Trees in Paradise: A California History, W. W. Norton, 2013.
On Zion’s Mount: Mormons, Indians, and the American Landscape, Harvard University Press, 2008.
Glen Canyon Dammed: Inventing Lake Powell and the Canyon Country, The University of Arizona Press, 1999.