To discover a big tree is a big deal. But that's no news to American Forests.
|Brian French and Damien Carre' stand at the base of the
champion ponderosa pine in La Pine State Park, Ore. All
photography: © 2013 Terry Asker. All rights
In fact, the organization has recognized hundreds of giant trees
from all over the country in its biannual publication, the National
Register of Big Trees. Nearly 800 trees exist in the register
to date--786 total specimens that have wowed witnesses with their
sizes, shapes and structures.
American Forests, the oldest national nonprofit conservation
organization in the country, initiated the National Big Tree
program more than 70 years ago. Its purpose? "To preserve and
promote the iconic stature of these living monarchs;" as well as
support the organization's advocacy for the protection and
expansion of forests.
|La Pine Giant, the largest ponderosa pine tree in the
U.S., located in La Pine State Park, Ore.
But the National Big Tree program accomplishes so much more than
that. It educates communities about how such impressive trees and
the forests in which they stand can help sustain a healthy
environment; education Davey recognizes and values as the
premiere sponsor of the program.
This year marks the 25th year Davey has sponsored American
Forests' National Big Tree program. To better illustrate and
further recognize national champion trees nominated every year, the
two organizations have collaborated on the National Register of Big
Trees Calendar: An annual 12-month depiction of some of the most
impressive trees to recently receive national recognition.
Let me introduce you to the national champion featured for the
month of January 2014:
"LA PINE GIANT" EARNS RECOGNITION. American
Forests' 2014 National Register of Big Trees Calendar features "La
Pine Giant," a nickname for the champion ponderosa pine hailing
from Oregon's La Pine State Park. Originally nominated in 1945, the
giant celebrates regaining the national champion title it lost in
1998 this year.
|The American Forests National Register of Big Trees
lists La Pine Giant, a ponderosa pine.
The tree seemed as if it was dying to visitors nearly 20 years
ago, when storms had damaged and removed some of its upper
branches. But the tree continues to impress more recent passersby
since its rediscovery as an abundance of green foliage, and a
healthy number of cones continue to emerge from its canopy.
Now, at more than 500 years old, La Pine Giant can't be missed
at its location near the Deschutes River in Central Oregon. It
measures approximately 167 feet tall, 68 feet across and 348 inches
around. That's one Big Tree!
THINK BIG. You can look out for more Big Trees
on our blog throughout the year! In the meantime, share your
favorite tree photos with us-just send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org with your photo and a
brief description and we'll share it here! Happy Big Tree
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