“This is not our world with trees in it. It's a world of trees, where humans have just arrived.”
—Richard Powers, “The Overstory,” winner of the 2019 Pulitzer Prize in Fiction
- Art by Patrick Parker
Central Oregonians spend a lot of time talking about housing, about growth, about their latest stoke-fest ski/bike/paddle trip, about equitable government… about a lot of things that matter, some that matter only to the personal psyche, and some that matter only on Strava.
But as Richard Powers so brilliantly put it in his book, “The Overstory,” humans are but a speck on the timeline of the planet—and long before us, and before our miraculous takeover of the world, trees were here, recording and remembering. This week’s feature sets out to explore some of Central Oregon’s history—by way of its trees.
Take a look at some of this week's stories about Bend's Trees: