This Mother's Day, expand your notion of "mother." In this real-life model of forest resilience and regeneration, Professor Suzanne Simard shows that all trees in a forest ecosystem are interconnected, with the largest, oldest, "mother trees" serving as hubs. The underground exchange of nutrients increases the survival of younger trees linked into the network of old trees. Amazingly, we find that in a forest, 1+1 equals more than 2.

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  • Lynn Ferguson

    I think it is sad that you have to be a scientist to gain enough credibility for an audience to listen to facts that have not changed in the last millions of years. How can a person cut a single tree or a whole forest without an intense sense of loss. Tees communicate and they always have. It is unfortunate but most humans, like sheep, will follow their needs, killing indiscriminately.

  • Petra Schmidt

    This forest reminded me of my childhood on Germany and on how much I miss the forest! Here in Nebraska I call the 'woods' shrubs. The smell of Oxygen and moss and Ivy just can't be duplicated!

  • tucson748

    What inspired you about this video? I am a pantheist.

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  • Joan

    There's more going on beneath and feet...for that matter all around us....that we're unaware of, but should.

  • sheila

    What an incredible model of how humans could/should/would operate if sufficiently evolved.The similarities are so striking I am just amazed, and hopeful as well. Nature knows if we could pay attention & learn from it.

  • Stephanie

    Trees have been networking for success since the beginning. Humans are just figuring this out.

  • Harry

    There is a lot of information about root disease out there...Suzanne is taking a unique approach and seeking understanding. The same might be said of the root disease fungi...maybe it is doing the same. We need to try to preserve our natural diversity and understand the role these fungi play in our ecosystems.

  • Emily

    I wish Suzanne Simard covered the transmission of disease through the root systems and fungi. Our forest has a very damaging case of Root Rot that is mainly killing the Douglas Fir. It is spread through the interconnecting root system between the trees and now we have many standing dead trees. It is sad to see and almost impossible to stop without drastic clear cutting around the circumference of each affected tree. We are planting other more resistanant tree species to hopeful grow a more healthy forest once again.

  • patricia

    it confirmed what I have felt for a long time and tree hugging was somehthing I started 4ears ago and I could feel their energy and comfort when I was sad. My new young trees have grown despite a lack of decent rain for 6 months and will provide sustenance to all who visit and sit for a while.

  • PAM

    I've always known this but not about the fungus!That's so interesting!I think of the shaman=tree and peyote=fungus.It's all connected and repeated-'as above so below'.

  • Liz

    It reminded me about the fact that everything is related to everything. Same as all humans are ONE whether they realize it or not. The shift here on earth is being seen, from plants to people.

  • Esther

    Everything in this video inspired me and the fact that more and more people take the possibility serious that EVERYTHING on this planet and beyond communicates. A shift, that is inspiring in it's own right.

  • Shirley cosep

    Inspired me, communicating with diifferent images who send message nature who gives knowledge If you see the different angle of trees, leaves trunk has different personality expessing who they are Send signal who they are, inspired to see and feel them so amazing to feel happiness that you are one part of the family,w

  • Patricia

    My love of trees. I am so distressed by what is happening with the trees right now. We are cutting them down around New England willy nilly since the ice storm a few years ago just so that they won't interfere with the power lines. It just seems like the destroyed everywhere in some fashion. It makes me very sad. I also believe that the future will bring maybe less trees but bigger and stronger ones.

  • manuel lorenzo

    ...We are all connected with one another...not only physical but beyond the perceived phenomena.........

  • Mike Franz

    Now I don't feel so bad about myself when I go outside and sit among the trees that I planted 25 years ago and listen to them talking to each other. If you listen and block out the noise of mans world you to can hear them. Its when you ask a question and receive an answer that you know your on a level that few ever get to feel.

  • Galena Debney

    The more these types of studies reveal, the more we learn how much we underestimate ecosystems and biodiversity and how abusive we are to this necessity for life on the planet. Keep going Professor Simard, the world needs you. I live on a farm and I'm going outside right now to find a mother tree and put a sign on it: I'm a mother tree. When people ask me about it, I'll tell them of your wonderful discovery and so feel I've made a little a contribution too by sharing necessities.. to know....just like the trees.

  • Andrew Greenman

    It's so beautiful to see the symbiosis of nature supporting itself and everything around it. We need to learn more and to fully understand and thus appreciate the life in everything around us and not take it for granted.

  • rohan

    Validates ancient Vedic knowledge. Swamis and Saints knew this centuries ago, the interconnectedness of all life forms. And yes! All life forms have 'souls'. Prof. Simard has connected with her beautiul inner being, the light has revealed to her what was hidden before. A beautiful rediscovery of what was once 'debunked' by western science as superstitious beliefs. I do speak to and play music for my plants. Read experiments that were done with plants and results as described by Swami Paramahansa Yogananda in his masterpiece Autobiography of a Yogi.

  • Patty Kelly

    Dear Suzanne, it gives me so much hope that there are professional foresters like you. Thank you for your courage. It is not an easy thing to be supporting such an amazing concept of trees communicating especially with B.C.'s obtuse and destructive forestry practices. The mycelium are dancing between the balance of life and death. We could learn from them.

  • Chandan Bhakat

    Human understanding (knowledge) depends on its limited ability to understand to the subject. Who knows in future we will discover tree has a soul also.....

  • mahesh n

    Dont cut any tree and animal for food and wood u can eat fruit and it is a must to plant seed inside. U can cut weak old or dead tree as it is better quality. If population grow 200% in a century fruit vegetable will have to grow at same rate. U can ask tree what happened at house. No tree in trivandrum.

  • Michael

    Italk to the trees on a regular basis.Iam sure that in some way they communicate with me.Iknow this thanks to the wonderful experience of inner peace I feel at the time.Your video speaks the truth to me.Thank you.Keep up the wonderful work.

  • Apurva Das

    I am totally in agreement with the presentation. Trees not only talk, they even care for each other. If you have a caring heart, even you can talk to these trees. Just try, it's a wonderful feeling.

  • don

    Nothing. it wont play. annoying.

  • Diane Knowles

    I pass trees and tell them I love them. I send healing light and love. Thank you do much for the work you are doing and for sharing it.

  • Zaihan Kariyani

    The video keeps stalling , I can't watch the whole thing. Is this uploaded on YouTube or Vimeo as well? Your servers can't seem to handle the traffic at all.

  • Kim Wahl

    Kim I am so fortunate to have an inner city "forest" surrounding the house. We preserve and care for these trees with the help of our arborist. I am not sure which are mother trees but several are over 100 years and one is over 100 feet tall. We have learned so much from them and are so grateful for your work. It makes sense. ThANK YOU, kIM

  • Thelma

    I always knew that tree communicate, call it a sixth sense! Loved this video because it confirms my belief that trees are here to help up to understand relationships. It is so sad to see people cutting down trees thinking they are beautifying their property.

  • Lisa

    So, the trees can teach us what the role of a mother is: to help link the young together so that they can help each other. Thank you to you and the tress:)

  • Jeff

    Thanks Suzanne for this really eye opening video. I don't need any convincing, and it's still wonderful to see nature at work. More Proof (as if we need more) of the interdependence and beauty of the natural world. Gaia. This is the poetry of Nature. Conscious cooperative communication creates success, a mind driven competitive world makes for lots of failure. I'm hoping we're going beyond the dark ages of being afraid of Mother nature. Leaving the dark and spooky patriacale dominated religions behind us, and let Mother nature be our guiding friend again. Or is Matricide going to be the destiny of man? Taking care of all our Mother's and Mother Planet, must be made our priority.

  • Nikhil

    A nice understanding of Eco system. We have mothers for human beings and almost all species... Mother Fungi... Mother Birds...Mother Animals... Mother Planet... Mother Mothers....

  • rita

    the relationship between trees..

  • teri

    I fall in love so easily every morning in the forest - how beautiful and blessed to connect daily.

  • Prakash

    Mother trees on mother'day. Love and life are interlinked

  • Shanti

    An inspiring reminder that we are all inter-connected irrespective of gender, race or creed. Lovely Mother's Day video!

  • Ksenija

    It rings true!

  • Terri O'Hara

    Thank you for this beautiful message. A true reminder to us all of the beautiful interconnectedness that we all live by on a daily basis. In appreciation for your work!!

  • Becky Byrd

    Something intuitively known by so many of us, now explained Scientifically. I love it! Thank you for your research.

  • Carrie Payne

    What inspired you about this video? It speaks to science and spirituality and is urgently relevant.

  • Carrie Payne

    This represents the overall trend of moving the perspective from the male competition to the female cooperation. Eve (coming out of Adam like a progressive fractal)represents our progressive evolution toward the holistic/unity values. She has been the martyr going down with Adam to let the male species express his outmoded competion in History until his failure would lead him to willingly ask for the feminine to lead with Herstory. Maybe Obama has given the false christians a long rope to reveal themselves as regressive competitors (unregulated capitalism), out of touch with the planetary voice. Will Jesus (with the bleeding heart liberal Way) please stand up now.

  • Carole

    What a perfect message for Mothers Day! Thanks for the film and thanks, Suzanne.

  • Shrinivas

    This is an amazing video, there's so much to learn from trees as well! Thanks for sharing.

  • maria

    A tree does not hug back. Only a human can. What it does is gives shelter and shade, color and nutrition to the soil, helps other plants to grow, medicine from its leaves and bark, help create a micro climate, shades younger plants so as not to burn from harsh rays, helps form rain clouds to provide water, and makes for a greener world. And even if you have to cut one down, always replant another. Something my dad always did. Something all tree cutters need to do too and teach your children too.

  • R.K.Sama

    As a forester I can appreciate this wonderful understanding of relationship between Mother tree and younger-ones as a colony known as forest.,brought out by Prof Simmard. It is very appealing and truthful. Indian civilization has always attached lot of value and connected spirituality with sacredness of forest. I congratulate Prof Simmard for establishing it in such a powerful appeal. Let us start giving highest values to forests.

  • jeanne

    The interconnectedness to everything. The wonder and joy that everything, if you listen and feel deeply has information to share. And... that in this connectedness, there the desire for health and well being. Time to hug a tree. ; )

  • Arun Chikkop

    Another Proof that the secrets of the world are still so much to be covered for man. many times its better we leave them and let them make their way to communicate..) Thanks for sharing...

  • Nihal

    I received it before Mother's Day and it explains how a pregnant woman is holding her baby inside her, it is all part of the wonderful Nature.

  • Tim

    I was wondering if anyone can tell me what the website is for this film. I am part of a environmental event and was wondering if we could acquire a physical copy and what rights we would have to acquire in order to play it for volunteers at the event. Thank you.

  • Lisa

    Hello, You and your followers must see my video of 4 different plants basically coming to or I mean- Showing their life that is ALIVE! They attack my hand like a pet kitten 0r puppy! This is real I promise you. I just don't understand why this is not common knowledge that plants are alive with personality's and move and play youtu.be/T3Yv99Xb3fI

  • ecophilosopher

    Thank you for sharing this. <3

  • Charles Hubbard

    Every living thing communicates with it's own species at some level. Humans as a species are a part of our inviroment as much as our blood cells are a part of our bodies. The more we realize that, the better the natural world will be for it.

  • sethi

    Thank you very much . There is so much we human beings can learn from trees in terms of kindness and sharing . It is amazing .

  • tanina

    I Love the trees contact and I am into getting more and more into the vegetal realm having it as a guide for surviving in a world of pure materialistc appearence. So the trees can talk, can chant, can heal us. They have been my best friends and Masters

  • cristina

    La verdad he sembrado varios àrboles , pero el mayor tiene 23 años, es un ser maravilloso,porque con toda seguridad se que me escucha, ya que atiende a mis sugerencias es increible, es una especie de carbonero llamado vulgarmente orejero debe medir quince metros aproximadamente, y el nombre con el cual lo identifico es " GUARDIAN ", puesto que esta a la entrada de la casa.

  • Tina

    Though the similarities of the tree and forest network with the brain's network is a very important observation, I was thinking of the similarities with open source and creative commons. As an educator, traditionally the profession has isolated teachers within the classroom creating a climate of hoarding educational materials and methodologies. With the merging paradigm shift required to innovate education, we would benefit from the collaborative, teamwork approach of trees and forests. Thanks for this powerful video.

  • Denise Lagassé

    Last summer I hiked into Avatar Grove with my husband and a hitchhiker from France. We sloshed on a muddy trail following flagging tape. When I laid eyes on the ancient tree I felt an immediate humbling and very deep understanding that this tree was holding space for a very large area in an energetic way. Last year I helped bring some yoga camp women into visit an old growth area near my home in Halfmoon Bay. About 40 women chanted under this massive old growth douglas fir, once again understanding at an energetic level the roles of these mother trees. It is great to hear the science behind it.

  • zonnekeyn rita

    nature is important, we have to respect it!

  • Ossian MacUrcrin

    Inspiring, revelatory and very motivating. Thank you for the best lesson I've learned in a long while.

  • gail

    What inspired you about this video? It was inspiring. Calm and peaceful.....

  • Jim

    As I watched this video all i could hear was Professor Simard, channeling Sigouney Weaver as a Botanist PhD in the Movie "Avatar". The parallel is remarkable. Yes, science is beginning to discover that all life is connected every where to itself, OUR SELF. All manifestation of life is merely a facet of all other life, all is related, Mitaquye Oyasin--ONE INFINITE BEING. Thank You for the very nice, and revealing clip.

  • Paula

    Inspiring to see evidence that there is strength in diversity. Politicians seek to divide us, segregate us, pit one against the other. The trees have taught us that in order to provide the human species w/life, they will share w/one another. It's as if they have been demonstrating this seemless universal lesson forever & we are just beginning to understand the teaching. Strength in Diversity! Oh how the politicians would quiver in their shoes if we could overcome our prejudices & biases & join together for sustainability. Thank you for the inspirational lesson. I admire your soul & diligence.

  • Fiona

    Thank you very much for this. I found it moving and inspiring. I'm going to have greater respect for plants in our garden which are shedding parts of themselves, to give them the space to give back as much as they can to their community. And I'm doing the same with my body when the time comes. Parts to be donated to others.

  • Marie Leverett

    This film gives me inspiration,the fact that trees relies on each other is an eye opener to myself.We can all learn a lot from these beautiful and colourful trees.

  • Linda Justice

    I am interested in learning how to help life at this time, in my attitude, my actions, my presence of mind, in how I walk on the earth. This is another lesson in teaching me that the earth is a magnificent creature worthy of our respect, devotion. And in Time magazine, 30 years ago, there was a similar article in the Science section, showing how trees communicate. glad stuff is resurfacing. Thank you.

  • Pamela Driscoll

    The truth of how we are all one, interconnected and interdependent. We must care for each other....

  • Chloe Wordsworth

    This is how our life is meant to be: globally connected, helping each other, exchanging what is life giving, providing all of us with the resilience to deal with the shocks of life. This is a perfect metaphor for the work I do in Resonance Repatterning. Thank you.

  • Elisa Novick

    Thank you for this lovely message; your love comes shining through. I’ve worked spiritually with an amazing group of trees for several years and taught a workshop called: TreePlay: The Heart of the Forest. Each tree has a unique personality and cosmic function and gifts to offer. We can indeed learn to perceive their messages. Let's not assume that if our ears can't hear, there is nothing spoken. Attunement is the next language of communication — with people, animals, plants, and planets. The trees hold keys for the survival and thriving of the earth. I am writing a book about the profound experiences I and others have had in this forest and well as communications I've received about them and from them. What I've found is that the larger, older trees are the ones that develop consciousness (a good reason to preserve old-growth trees) and that as people attune and communicate with them, their consciousness grows as well, as does our ability to be aware of what they are doing. They not only can be sentient, but have healing and spiritual abilities beyond anything we can imagine. Read the letters from workshop participants and trees at www.thrivingplanet.org. Also, Diana Beresford-Kroeger's book, "Global Forest" describes the science behind the ways in which trees see, hear, feel, communicate, contribute and cooperate, including the healing aerosols they emit. Saving, nurturing, planting, and loving our trees may be the only we can save our planet

  • Pamela Melcher

    The fact that the trees are cooperating rather than competing. Beautiful video. I shared it on my Facebook page.

  • Sarah Lawrence Hinson

    I've always 'felt' trees...to the extreme that some I didn't like, others I loved! This is such confirmation of something I've always done...talked to trees, connected with them on an energetic level. Thank you!

  • Sunny Soleil

    The web of life down in the depths of the earth is just stunning. We can learn from these trees 'interacting with each other trying to help each other survive'. Isn't that a GREAT LESSON FOR HUMANS...

  • iAtheist

    This woman is in dire need of some more education in evolutionary biology. To say that trees roots with fungi is acting like a brain is just simply a conclusion based on pure imagination and is more a lame opinion than a fact.

  • Bruce Verdun

    All life is connected, as above so below. Some we see some we don't. The vital life force which is present in all is alive and intelligent.The book of nature is a sure way to contemplate the Grand Architect of the Universe. As an Arborist for 30 years I praise you in these efforts to bring to light the truth of the inter-connectivity of all of Gods Great work. Thank you for your work and service. Peace Profound

  • Lidia

    Mankind need not worry. In Riverside, CA, the Washington Navel oranges all communicate at least energetically with their "mother tree" which is officially known as the Tibbetts tree at Magnolia and Arlington. So, yes, even cultivated trees can do some of this.

  • OldKoloa

    Mankind could take a lesson form Mother Trees.

  • Chad

    How communities must keep in touch to stay strong. Reach out to your community today

  • Nizami13

    Awesome work! Such a powerful metaphor for life on Earth itself, very much along lines of Lyn Margulis' work on symbiosis. The time is now for all thinking to be along these lines. There can be no more short-term-ism. Of course it's all connected. If you don't like that as a spiritual comment, now you can take it as a scientific comment. And there is more, much more. There is always much more to everything.

  • lovetrees

    Reminded me of a banyan tree: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Banyan

  • Joep C

    Happy to see that science is finally catching up to what the Old People and many people today also have been/are aware of, that trees are sentient, conscious beings that communicate with each other. Hope that one day the non-physical part of this communication system will be discovered by science as well. Thanks for sharing!

  • Lucill Alkabir

    We are all inter-connected and had an amazing experience with a forest of trees as I was going up the Hwy in Northern Ontario. My heart was very heavy from some events in my Life at the time, and as i looked over at the trees, I was made acutely aware of their Omnipresent Unconditional giving Love & Energy flowing into my entire being. Lasted for many minutes. Tremendous awareness of the inter-connectedness of all Living forms. So that means everythin and yes, everyone. Aware or not. Truly , I see them as the silent People, so often invisible to the many , but available to all as Healing energy. Kind Regards, Lucill in Tucson, AZ Realtor

  • Kate B.

    This brings to mind the book, The Education of Little Tree. It's about a Cherokee boy being raised by his grandparents. They teach him how to communicate with trees, and about the interconnectedness of all beings. It's a very lovely book. Prof. Simard's work is another way of describing what people who are still connected to Nature have known for thousands of years.

  • Lisa Bromfield

    I used to get in a lot of trouble with my biology professor arguing that there are instances of group selection rather than individual selection, so I just LOVED this. Certainly thought provoking for our current treatment of other species as being isolated things for our use.

  • Heidi B.

    It makes me so happy to know that other people are in love with trees and forests as much as I am.

  • Alan sugar

    I've always liked that Hiroshige image "Plum Trees at Kamedo". My favorite, really. I once read that all these trees arose from the same main root, and I wondered, "Is that really possible?" Now I know it is. This glimpse into the life of trees, and of a forest, is inspiring to me on many levels-- and encouraging, to say the least!

  • Heather

    BEAUTIFUL!!!

  • Tina

    The wonder of life!

  • Shane Ceraul

    Trees are one of the most successful species living today. I cannot help to think that it has much to do with the "help" that the trees give to one another. What more impressive is that this "help" occurs regardless of species. Humans have so much to learn...

  • susan schaller

    I'm smiling. I just arranged to meet an Austrian who teaches humans how to better communicate with their horses which seems quite a different perspective from the traditional "training" mentality. He wrote me to discuss how horse communication seems close to my former, deaf, languageless student. Trees, horses, mushrooms (fungi) and languageless humans - all of us - communicate and can learn from each other on how to better connect and support each other. Another look at "I" is an illusion. Supporting you is supporting me whether you are a tree, a horse or someone who never learned a first language in childhood.

  • karen madian

    It was wonderful! I understand there is no way to restore the flora/fauna of old growth forests once they have been clear cut. Now that we are better understanding the nature of the soils, it it possible we can use that info to reestablish conditions for restoration of old growth? Can we perhaps inoculate soils with the flora and fauna?

  • Anuja

    I love this video and her work too Thanks for uploading ... once I was walking on pathway and thought no body watching me then I saw big tree and I thought he is watching me (it was very big tree age must be more then 300 year old )and just stop and hug , kiss that tree and say I love you. and I learn from that tree and No matter How Heavy rain , hot Sun,Snow he is calm and quiet and he is doing his work with happily every year tree full of Green and colorful leaves flowers and fruits and then birds will sing song and other insects will be enjoy their life on that tree its so nice to see and learn many think from these Trees. and after that I told my nine year old whenever you miss me you just talk with any tree and tree to trees they will pass that message to me and far away I will give you a call and we will talk . In India So many tree and plant worship like Tulasi ,asvattha or peepal gular ,neem , bel , bargad or banyan ,asoka,amala, arjuna and many other trees which acquired social and religious so I think with out tree we will never going to live our life .... that's why we call Mother Nature and Mother Earth , so all Power its in Mother Natures hand so we have to care for Her Love Her. we are same like other animal with bigger brain so we have to think big and our irresponsibility towards mother nature is Big . Trees are giving us everything so time to give them back .with out Nature we are nothing Many Thanks for reading.

  • Sandy

    There has always been a feeling in my heart that all living essence is connected in more ways than we visualize. We are more alike than different, this shows it. Fills in gaps that I had no knowledge of.

  • Sudhindra

    Very interesting. I wish we take more time and spend more effort in planting more trees.

  • Nancy Smeltzer

    If trees are connected and help each other out, why can't humans? Great diagrams of the sharing of nutrients,

  • Sky

    Nothing. It wasnt working :^(

  • Arlene

    Trees, I was told, also have chakras like humans. They talk heart to heart. And yes, my dowsing group could find the energy centers on some big trees along with the water underground.

  • Mike

    Fungus seems to be a very important link in the ecosystem. The was an amazing video!

  • Betty Phillips

    Very inspiring! We need to learn from Mother Nature and her trees! Thank you Dr. Simard.

  • Brandi

    I always new that survival of the fittest seemed a little to ego-centric for the rest of nature :)

  • Steve

    I am grateful to learn that the forest network is a sharing of nutrients rather than in competition, for them.

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