162 and growing   Robert Leverett
  Mar 29, 2007 05:38 PST 


   As of this morning, our membership stood at a new high of 162. So,
welcome aboard to our newest members. We hope to hear from you. However,
we should tell you though that you live among a vast silent majority.
That isn't by our desires. We love hearing from each member. All of you
are equally important. We value diversity of background and interest.
There is room for all in ENTS and all tree topics. We also point out
that ENTS is not an activist organization. We do scientific research,
historical documentation, just share information, and we celebrate trees
and forests in a variety of ways as our website amply reveals.

   In terms of the distribution of our membership, we are gaining ground
across the East. In the early days of ENTS, the big tree reporting
spotlight fell mostly on the Northeast and southern Appalachians with an
outlier location or two like Congaree NP in South Carolina and Hartwick
Pines in Michigan. Then, the upper Mid-west got a big boost, courtesy of
our vice president, Dr. Lee Frelich being located in Minnesota. We get
great reports from Lee, although they often relate to the weather
extremes he is caught in as he visits his research sites. Lee doesn't
avoid blizzards like I do. He welcomes them.

   A third focus of attention has developed in Arkansas, courtesy of Dr.
Don Bragg, a research forester-forest ecologist with the USDA Forest
Service and now the creator and editor of the ENTS journal, "Bulletin of
the Eastern Native Tree Society". More recently, we picked up Larry
Tucei, Jr. in Mississippi. Larry has opened our eyes to the extent of
large, charismatic live oaks across the deep South that were escaping our
notice and the importance of getting coverage from all parts of the

   At present, regular site and tree reporting is clustered in a
relatively few states: Pennsylvania, Massachusetts, New York, North
Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Georgia, and Mississippi receive
the lion's share of attention. Other states such as Florida, Alabama,
West Virginia, Vermont, Maine, Missouri, Virginia, New Hampshire, Ohio,
Indiana, Missouri, Maine, and Michigan get more occasional coverage. The
truly heaviest concentration has been in Pennsylvania, Massachusetts,
and New York in the Northeast and the southern Appalachian region, and
recently Mississippi, in the South. When our dear friend Colby Rucker
was alive, we had good coverage from Maryland.

   All sites and tree topics are tied together in our unexcelled
website, courtesy of our webmaster Ed Frank. There is no way we can
overstate the importance of the role that Ed has played. He has become
the internet voice of ENTS.    

    While we hope to get tree dimension and site description data as we
pick up members in new areas, we also value qualitative descriptions.
But most of all, we just want to hear from you.

    Again, welcome aboard. Oh BTW, when we use "ENTS" we refer to the
Eastern Native Tree Society. When we use the term "Ent", we refer to a
member. An Ent is a person. ENTS is the organization.


Robert T. Leverett
Cofounder, Eastern Native Tree Society