Magazine article American Forests

New Program, New Millennium

Magazine article American Forests

New Program, New Millennium

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A new program from AMERICAN FORESTS lets the public nominate historic trees for inclusion in a national Register.

The new National Register of Historic Trees is meant as a repository of information about locally, regionally, or nationally significant trees.

Sponsored in Iowa by MidAmerican Energy, which produces, supplies, and distributes energy, the Register will be maintained by AMERICAN FORESTS' Historic Trees program in Jacksonville, Florida. Crown Books, a division of Random House, plans to produce a book in spring 2003.

To celebrate its sponsorship, MidAmerican Energy this spring planted a Millennium Grove of 100 Famous & Historic Trees on the Capitol grounds in its home state of Iowa. Jeff Meyer, Famous & Historic Trees program director, joined Lt. Gov. Sally J. Pederson, and MidAmerican's president, Ron Stepien, to plant the first tree, a Sullivan Brothers Crabapple.

Among the first trees to be considered for the new Register will be the Anderson Cottage Beech, which resides at what was the Washington, DC, summer home of 16th president Abraham Lincoln. …

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