Interview: Margaret Lowman

Bugs in trees and kids in labs get their due in a new book by "Canopy Meg"

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Canopy walkways have become a great opportunity for local people to create an income from a forest without logging it, and this is a success for conservation.

You say you make a living climbing trees. How did you get interested in that?

As a little girl in Elmira, New York, I made tree forts with my best friend, Betsy Hilfiger. We used to rescue birds fallen from their nests. Meanwhile, Betsy’s brother Tommy was in their basement stitching bell-bottom jeans. He went on to develop a clothing empire. Now the Hilfigers and I raise funds for the Meg Lowman Treetops Camp for disadvantaged girls, in Elmira, hoping to inspire them in science careers.

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