Bur Oak Manifesto

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The Bur Oak Manifesto: Seeking Nature and Planting Trees in the Great Plains is a collection of essays naturalist Jack Phillips had written for the regional journal Prairie Fire, with some new writing exclusive to the book. The author wanted a smaller trim size so that the book could be easily carried in the woods during outdoor seminars. We chose 5.5 × 8.5 inches, not as small as the author’s ideal trim, but a better choice considering the length of the book (140 pages) and the desire to keep the book as thin as possible. An expanded second edition was published about a year later, using the same trim to accommodate 194 pages. Both editions were produced as print-on-demand paperbacks with matte covers.