FFL's Summer Environmental Book Club: Turning Over a New Leaf!        A Future Is In Our Hands program

We are kicking off our Summer Environmental Book Club with Beaverland by Leila Philip which follows the story of how the industrious beaver played a starring role in shaping our nation's history, culture and environment. Although commonly treated as a pest, this book sheds light on past and potential future roles that beavers may have to play in helping us adapt to climate change. 

This book club session will be co-facilitated by the Vermont Fish and Wildlife Department’s Public Information Officer, Josh Morse. 

Please register with Barbara Shatara at bshatara@burlingtonvt.gov for meeting info and how to obtain the book. 


More About the Book:

From award-winning writer Leila Philip, BEAVERLAND is a masterful work of narrative science writing, a book that highlights, though history and contemporary storytelling, how this weird rodent plays an oversized role in American history and its future. She follows fur trappers who lead her through waist high water, fur traders and fur auctioneers, as well as wildlife managers, PETA activists, Native American environmental vigilantes, scientists, engineers, and the colorful group of activists known as beaver believers.
Beginning with the early trans-Atlantic trade in North America, Leila Philip traces the beaver’s profound influence on our nation’s early economy and feverish western expansion, its first corporations and multi-millionaires. In her pursuit of this weird and wonderful animal, she introduces us to people whose lives are devoted to the beaver, including a Harvard scientist from the Blackfeet Reservation in Montana, who uses drones to create 3-dimensional images of beaver dams; and an environmental restoration consultant in the Chesapeake whose nickname is the “beaver whisperer”.
What emerges is a poignant personal narrative, a startling portrait of the secretive world of the contemporary fur trade, and an engrossing ecological and historical investigation of these heroic animals who, once trapped to the point of extinction, have returned to the landscape as one of the greatest conservation stories of the 20th century. Beautifully written and impeccably researched, BEAVERLAND reveals the profound ways in which one odd creature and the trade surrounding it has shaped history, culture, and our environment.


Thank you to our Sponsor, Mascoma Bank and to Our Partner, the Vermont Fish and Wildlife Department

June 27, 2023 - 6:00pm - 7:30pm

The Library will be closed on Wednesday, June 19 for Juneteenth.