Ronald Lanner's Tree World

At the Squaw Basin research site in Wyoming, 1998. Photo by Harriette Lanner.


Ronald M.Lanner is a native of Brooklyn, New York, whose teenage interest in natural history led him to become a forester. After military service and a master's degree from Syracuse University, he was employed for six years in forestry research by the United States Forest Service in California and Hawaii. Following doctoral studies at the University of Minnesota, he taught various forest biology courses at Utah State University. He was the editor of the Western Journal of Applied Forestry for its first eleven years. Now retired, he lives with his wife among the tall ponderosa pines of Placerville, California where he is an emeritus visiting scientist at the Institute of Forest Genetics. It was at the Institute, incidentally, where he was employed early in his career, and where he developed his lifelong admiration for coniferous trees, under the mentoring of Nicholas T. Mirov, Francis I. "Pete" Righter, and William B. Critchfield.
His major research interests -- which he has pursued in North America, Asia, and Europe -- have included natural hybridization in pines, effects of aging on trees, bud development in pines, and the ecological and evolutionary effects of mutualisms of birds and pines.
His most recent book is The Bristlecone Book -- A Natural History of the World's Oldest Trees (2007), which was preceded by Conifers of California (1999), Made For Each Other: A Symbiosis of Birds and Pines (1996), Autumn Leaves: A Guide to the Fall Colors of the Northwoods (1990), Trees of the Great Basin - A Natural History (1984), and The Pinon Pine - A Natural and Cultural History (1981). All of these books reflect Ron's own research over the years, thus bearing an authenticity and fidelity to factual knowledge that the reader can depend upon. All have received consistently excellent critical reviews.

Though Ron no longer teaches or does research for a paycheck, he still tries to add to the public's knowledge and appreciation of wild trees through his popular and technical writings; and occasionally by lecturing. This website, generously sponsored by the Authors Guild, of which Ron is proud to be a member, is intended to further those goals by publicizing and selling his books, and by giving him a place to vent his opinions on biological and forestry issues.

Finally a book on the bristlecone and foxtail pines with a scientific view of tree longevity
The first natural history of the bristlecone and foxtail pines of the western United States, written for the outdoor and plant enthusiast who wants to understand these amazing trees that invite us into their mountain homes.
Color illustrated regional tree guide
A guide to all of the cone-bearing trees of California, illustrated with over 135 color photos and 54 full-page water color paintings of the species.
A Co-evolutionary Tale of Pines and Corvids for anyone interested in plants or animals.
The birds bury the seeds and the sprouting trees eventually feed the descendants of those birds. A Mutualism that enlivens the Rockies, Sierra, Alps, and more.
The Original Fall Colors Guidebook for Leaf-Peepers and Tree Nuts
The science of fall color change in the leaves of our Northeastern hardwood forest with essays on the natural and cultural history of the major trees that contribute to the annual spectacle.
First volume in the Fleischmann Great Basin Natural History Series
The much sought-after, but out-of-print classic on the trees between the Rockies and the Sierra Nevada
A Southwestern classic on the tree that enriched human life on the desert edge
An all inclusive view of the woodland-forming pinon pine, which grows where few other trees can, and whose nutritious nut-like seeds have allowed birds, quadrupeds, and human cultures to thrive in the arid Southwest and Great Basin.

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