Magazine article American Forests

Champions Lost

Magazine article American Forests

Champions Lost

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Tree champions are not always trees, and AMERICAN FORESTS is mourning the loss of several.

One of our favorite friends, Colby Rucker, 67, of Arnold, Maryland, an environmentalist, Big Tree hunter, and AMERICAN FORESTS life member, died in November. Tree lovers near Maryland's capital city of Annapolis had long relied on Rucker to hunt down, speak out for, and generously share his knowledge of big trees. AMERICAN FORESTS relied on him too; he was generous with his time, and we valued his service on AMERICAN FORESTS' Advisory Board for the National Register of Big Trees.

"Colby taught me much of what I know today about big trees," said Karen Fedor, AMERICAN FORESTS' VP for Global ReLeaf and Big Tree coordinator. "His enthusiasm for big trees, the environment, and Maryland's natural history was contagious. I feel so fortunate to have been able to work with him.

"Colby was always a voice of reason and moderation and so was an incredible asset for the National Register of Big Trees," she added. "We will miss him so."

Rucker's hometown had recently honored him with the Jan Hollmann 2004 Environmental Education Award. …

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