Franz Dolp was an economics professor, philanthropist, and poet who moved to the Pacific Northwest and set about planting thousands of trees, attempting to lay the groundwork for a new old-growth forest to replace those that had been lost. Franz’s writings show how patient study and work can repair one’s relationship to the land, as well as help to heal the land itself.
Franz Dolp Character Timeline in Braiding Sweetgrass
The timeline below shows where the character Franz Dolp appears in Braiding Sweetgrass. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
...are self-sustaining communities, like the old-growth human communities that grew up alongside them. At Shotpouch, Franz decides that his goal for his own wounded patch of land is “to plant an... (full context)
...for logging, but no one had previously attempted to plant a natural, old-growth forest before. Franz has only the forest itself to teach him, so he closely observes how old-growth forests... (full context)
...a common tree in many areas, especially in swampy soil that other species don’t like. Franz thus plants most of his new cedars alongside creeks. The antimicrobial properties of cedar wood—which... (full context)