Tree Thieves

Tree Thieves

Crime and Survival in North America's Woods

Lyndsie, Bourgon


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  • Written by a well-known journalist: Lyndsie Bourgon is a National Geographic Explorer who has written for publications including The Atlantic and The Globe and Mail, and has been nominated twice for the Canadian National Magazine Award.
  • Contextualizes a black-market industry: Explores the devastating implications of timber poaching, the market, and how and why poachers get into the industry in the first place, calling to mind Susan Orlean’s bestselling book, The Orchid Thief
  • Timely: Climate change activists have brought awareness to the importance of protecting old-growth forests, making Tree Thieves a timely and important resource for understanding the black-market industry that is thwarting protection measures. 
  • National news coverage: Over the last several years, media throughout Canada and the United States have covered this growing issue, including the well-publicized incident that saw the poaching of an 800-year-old cedar tree on Vancouver Island.
  • Local interest: Throughout Tree Thieves, Bourgon travels through the Pacific Northwest to highlight how timber poaching, from crime to black-market trade, becomes part of our daily lives, even when we can’t directly see it. 
  • A new perspective: Through following poachers, Bourgon explores the how and why of the industry, leading to a compassionate, thought-provoking and compelling narrative that’s missing from portrayals of timber poaching in the media.


Lyndsie, Bourgon:

LYNDSIE BOURGON is a writer, oral historian, and National Geographic Explorer. Her work has appeared in The Atlantic, National Geographic, The Guardian, Smithsonian, and Oxford American. Tree Thieves is her first book.