Society of American Foresters

Northwest Regions

If the Trees Speak to Us, How Will We Reply?

Some may think trees are silent, inert even, but we know that they are not. They grow toward and away from stimuli; they communicate via chemicals; they “witness” events, often well beyond the time scales of human lives. Join the Beyond Trees Network, the US Forest Service (USFS) Research & International Programs, and The Nature of Cities for an innovative presentation—in commemoration of World Environment Day—by Nikki Lindt on her recordings of the sounds of the urban forest: near trees, under the soil, and even inside trees. Nikki will be joined for brief reflections by scientists and practitioners: Erika Svendsen (USFS), Novem Auyeung (NYC Parks), and Rich Hallett (USFS). 

New York artist Nikki Lindt explores sounds in unexpected places: the sounds rumbling in the soil of subways passing and snowflakes crashing to earth; the sound of sap flowing inside tree trunks. These sounds lead us to perceive and appreciate trees and their environments in new ways. We can hear them in new ways and experience sounds from parts of the environment that don’t typically reach our ears, but which are part of a tree’s essential world. These unexpected sounds are evocative and unexpected. They ask us to think differently. As scientists and practitioners, we regularly ask ourselves what nature is telling us. In Nikki’s project, she invites us to contemplateif the trees speak to us, how will we reply? If we could ask a tree something, expecting a reply, what would we ask?

For an optimal experience, please watch is event with headphones.

When:  Friday, June 4 | 10 – 11:30 a.m. (EST)

What to Bring:  Headsets and an open mindset

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Nikki Lindt, born in the Netherlands, is a NYC based artist working primarily in the mediums of painting, video and (underground) sound. She often works in collaborations, among others with scientists, philosophers and sociologists to examine climate change at the intersection of art, science and culture. MFA from Yale and her BFA from Gerrit Rietveld Academie in Amsterdam.


Event date: 
Friday, June 4, 2021 - 07:00 to 08:30