Magazine article American Forests


Magazine article American Forests


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American Forests: The June 2005 issue of Better Homes and Gardens has an article titled "Discovering Giants" that discusses the National Register of Big Trees. I was surprised (and disappointed!) to see that Massachusetts is one of the few states not represented on the list yet.

We have visited a huge sycamore tree in Sunderland, Massachusetts, for years and, while I do not know the dimensions, I would be very surprised if it did not qualify. There is a plaque on the ground that says that various arbor organizations have confirmed that this tree was standing at the tune of the signing of the Declaration of Independence.

I wish I had read the article sooner and thought to take measurements, since we just visited the tree three days ago! It is a few hours away from us, so we probably won't be back that way again until next summer. But if you are interested, I'm sure the town offices in Sunderland would be able to give you information by phone so you could see if it's worth your making a trip to officially measure. I would love to see Massachusetts represented on the Register!!

Tracy Andrews

via e-mail


Deborah Gangloff: I treasure the memories of our cruise (aboard the Queen Mary, which featured daily tree talks by AMERICAN FORESTS' Deborah Gangloff) and the sights of London. . . I spent a few days in Kentucky, then came home to help my neighbor weed her garden of thistle and overgrown hedges that threaten to block the pathway. I find it so easy to surrender to the smells, textures, and sights of the plants and trees. Time passes without notice and the satisfaction of this physical work leaves me exhilarated. I have planted two lovely Green Velvet boxwoods on my porch and feel like a new parent. Since my return I have a new love for trees and the beautiful park where I live. Thank you for opening new eyes to the history and importance that trees play on our planet.

Betty Bright

Cincinnati, Ohio


American Forests: In our rounds to reevaluate and remeasure our champions periodically, we recently discovered that our national champion longbeak eucalyptus had been vandalized and is now dead.

This loss of a champion tree underscores the need to periodically relocate and inspect all champion trees. …

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