Published in two editions
Click here to read about the edition published by George F. Thompson Publishing and distributed by the University of Virginia Press.
Click here to read about the limited edition published by
George F. Thompson Publishing.

 Hear Melanie’s latest interview with Kojo Nnamdi
Rock Creek Park: Past, Present, and Future
The Kojo Nnamdi Show, August 28, 2014
Program rebroadcast on Thanksgiving Day 2014
Washington, DC’s NPR affiliate, WAMU.
(Click here, then click on "Listen" near the top left of the page.)

Melanie Choukas-Bradley with a
lace-bark pine, National Arboretum,
Washington, D.C.
Photo by Roberta Gutman.

Melanie Choukas-Bradley is a Washington, D.C. author and naturalist who leads field trips and tree tours for the Audubon Naturalist Society, the United States Botanic Garden, Casey Trees, the Maryland Native Plant Society, the Nature Conservancy, and other organizations. She is the author of A Year in Rock Creek Park: The Wild, Wooded Heart of Washington, D.C., with photographs by Susan Austin Roth. The book was published in two editions in the fall of 2014 by George F. Thompson Publishing. The softcover edition is distributed by the University of Virginia Press.

Melanie is the author of three other critically acclaimed books: City of Trees: The Complete Field Guide to the Trees of Washington, D.C., illustrated by Polly Alexander and now in its third edition (2008), An Illustrated Guide to Eastern Woodland Wildflowers and Trees: 350 Plants Observed at Sugarloaf Mountain, Maryland, illustrated by Tina Thieme Brown (2004, 2007), and Sugarloaf: The Mountain’s History, Geology, and Natural Lore, illustrated by Tina Thieme Brown (2003), all published by the University of Virginia Press. She is also a long-time contributor to The Washington Post and other publications, has appeared as an author and guest expert on All Things Considered, The Diane Rehm Show, The Kojo Nnamdi Show, and Metro Connection. In 2014, Melanie was awarded one of four inaugural “Canopy Awards” by Casey Trees, for her efforts to educate people about the trees of Washington, D.C.

Melanie served as programs and education director for the 25th anniversary celebration of Montgomery County, Maryland’s nationally acclaimed Agricultural Reserve in 2005. As a staff member of the House Commerce Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations, Melanie played a major role in the first post-Love Canal Congressional hearing on hazardous waste disposal. The hearing was chaired by Al Gore. Melanie is a former news director for a New Hampshire radio station. She and her husband, Jim, an attorney and musician, have two adult children.

WAMU (Washington, D.C.'s NPR affiliate) - Melanie Choukas-Bradley's interviews:

* Kojo Nnamdi show with guest host Paul Brown - Local Trees
* Metro Connection interview - February 19, 2010 - Tree Tour of the US Capitol Grounds
* Metro Connection interview - City of Trees
* Kojo Nnamdi show with guest host Corey Flintoff - Sugarloaf: The Mountain's History,
   Geology, and Natural Lore

* Kojo Nnamdi interview - Montgomery's Agricultural Reserve at 25
* Kojo Nnamdi interview - The City of Trees

Washington, DC: City of Trees from Truth About Trees on Vimeo.

When author and naturalist Melanie Choukas-Bradley moved to Washington, DC, she learned that the natural and human history of this "city of trees" goes well beyond the flowering cherries for which it is so well known. She set out to document the botany and history of the area's trees, and the result is "City of Trees: The Complete Botanical and Historical Guide to the Trees of Washington, DC," now in its third edition. Melanie leads field trips and tree tours for Casey Trees, the Audubon Naturalist Society, the US Botanic Garden, and other organizations in and around the city. Melanie shared this story in March 2013 during a workshop organized by The Truth About Trees in collaboration with Casey Trees, with support from the National Science Foundation.

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