About the author


For over thirty-five years, Vic Foerster has visited Isle Royale National Park with family and friends. His passion for the natural world and for trees is contagious and conveyed through his books, Naked in the Stream: Isle Royale Stories and Hidden in the Trees, an Isle Royale Sojourn.

His recent release, Hidden in the Trees was a 2017 finalist for the prestigious Burroughs Outdoor Writing Award. Naked in the Stream is the 2017 Michigan Great Lakes Reads selection by Michigan's Center for the Book. 

Vic is a consulting arborist who serves tree care clients throughout Southwest Michigan. He is the author of several articles about tree care published in Tree Care Industry Magazine, Tree Services Magazine, and Michigan Landscape. His writing about Isle Royale has appeared in Silent Sports Magazine, Michigan Blue Magazine and the Jack Pine Warbler. 

Joyce Koskenmaki’s pen and ink drawings enhance the writing while her beautiful oil on linen painting, Boat and Stars and Rauhau, signifying "peace" in Finnish, adorns each cover. Koskenmaki is a two-time former artist-in residence on Isle Royale, whose artwork hangs in the American Embassy in Finland as well as several galleries throughout the world. 



Hidden in the Trees: An Isle Royale Sojourn

Vic wrote his classic account of experiences on Isle Royale National Park in Naked In the Stream: Isle Royale Stories in 2010. He had visited the park for thirty years with his camping pal, Ken. Hidden in the Trees: An Isle Royale Sojourn, his sequel, encompasses more stories from the least visited National Park in the lower forty-eight states and also includes his keen observations about the natural world on the mainland as well. As a certified arborist, Vic incorporates his experiences in the field with an eye toward philosophy and human intervention with nature s life-cycles. He looks at tree growth, injury, pests, disease and the final death of some of nature s finest gifts. He quotes poets, ponders grand ideas, and deals with breath-taking tree diseases. He recalls his experience as an expert in a court room trial, and his humbling encounters with tree customers overcome with loss and misunderstanding. Once again, Vic's gift of looking at nature, at humans, at the grand design and intertwining it all in his writing brings readers to the woods to see through his eyes.

Click here to purchase Hidden in the Trees online.


naked in the stream: isle royale stories

By Vic Foerster

Paperback 6X9, 300 pages

Click here to purchase Naked in the Stream online.

Vic Foester is available to speak at libraries, bookstores, museums, nature centers, service clubs and to private book clubs and organizations.

For more about Vic Foester, you can visit Vic’s Facebook Page or the publisher, Arbutus Press: www.arbutuspress.com.

For available speaking dates, use the contact form below.

Between the Lines Interview with Vic Foerster

Kalamazoo NPR conversation with Zinta Aistars, July 2017.

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