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Michigan Author/Arborist, Vic Foerster
Please welcome this passionate arborist, author and Isle Royale enthusiast whose book Naked in the Stream, Isle Royale Stories was chosen as a 2017 Great Lakes Reads book selection. It is described by the Grand Rapids Press as , “an intimate, ongoing story of how a Great Lake’s wilderness affects the people who venture to one of the most remote national parks.”
Mr. Foerster will talk about his books, including his latest, Hidden in the Trees, an Isle Royale Sojourn where his month-long solo venture to the island is retold. His interesting perspective as an arborist, his passion for the wilderness and all things “Isle Royale” is contagious throughout his work.
Vic Foerster, whose last name literally means ‘tender of the trees’, has cared for Michigan’s trees for over forty years. His tree care clients include Grand Valley State University, the State of Michigan and the City of Grand Rapids, as well as many residential, commercial and municipal clients. His tree patients range from Mrs. Dockery’s crabapple tree to Dr. Swanson’s sugar maple to well-known university arboretums and city trees. Mr. Foerster is a past chairman to the Michigan DNR’s Urban Forestry Advisory Committee and is a current advisor for the City of Grand Rapids Urban Forestry Project. He’s written several articles on the proper car of trees for national and regional magazines including Tree Care Industry Magazine, Tree Services Magazine, Michigan Landscape, Silent Sports Magazine and the Jack Pine Warbler.
Summary: The love affair began on an arduous fifteen mile hike while portaging a canoe and wearing an ill-fitting backpack purchased by his mother at a discount store on sale. Naked in the Stream is Vic Foerster’s account of his adventures on his beloved Isle Royale, a national park located on a remote island in Lake Superior, accessible only by boat or seaplane. Foerster's humor and passion shine through the stories as we go along with Vic and his buddy Ken while they camp, hike, fish, cook, and meet other campers. He describes what it feels like to portage a canoe for fifteen miles with an eighty pound pack on your back, what dormant muscles spring to life as you paddle against the wind, exhausted but determined to reach the craggy shore, how to fish for the wary trout on light tackle without losing your mind, and how to hold your breath as you sneak by an eagle perched fifty feet away. Through Naked in the Stream we travel along with Vic and Ken, observing nature, the people they encounter, and the absolute laws of Mother Nature.
Call Number: 917.74 FOE