ENTS Credentials   dbhg-@comcast.net
  Dec 08, 2003 17:03 PST 
This is a response in regard to a question about the Middleton Oak Project, designed to provide a detailed measurement of the volume of an ancient Live Oak Tree on the Middleton Plantation, SC.


     Good work. Looks like the project is rolling. I regret to say that I won't be able to attend due to my dear wife's medical condition. Will Blozan is the president of ENTS and therefore the official ENTS voice for this project. However, I'll provide preliminary input on some of the questions to help get the ball rolling.

Question: What are their credentials?
Answer: In terms of tree measuring, ENTS credentials and accomplishments speak for themselves. The folks at the Plantation are invited to visit the ENTS website at www.nativetreesociety.org . As evidence of ENTS's broad acceptance, we cite the following:

1. ENTS has a special research permit from the GSMNP to measure and document forests there in a research capacity. The value of ENTS input is recognized by the Park.

2. ENTS offers periodic workshops for tree measurers. The workshops are co-sponsored by Cook Forest State Park, PA, and Mohawk Trail State Forest, MA.

3. ENTS is a principal co-sponsor of old growth forest conferences that are attended by many prestigious colleges and environmental and forestry organizations. Specific conferences can be listed if desired.

4. ENTS is currently developing a guide for measuring champion trees for the champion tree program for the state of Georgia.

5. ENTS is a forest research partner of the Forest Stewards Guild.

The qualifications of the two principal designers for the proposed project follow:

            Dr. Bob Van Pelt at the University of Washington is one of the foremost scientists in the world studying and mapping forest canopies and determining tree volumes. In addition, Dr. Van Pelt is an author and the coordinator of the champion tree program for the state of Washington.

Will Blozan, the ENTS president is a certified arborist and former science technican with the GSMNP. Will has a widely recognized reputation as a tree measurer. He has been featured in articles, on T.V., and on radio. Will is a co-author of "Stalking The Forest Monarchs - A Guide To Measuring Champion Trees". He has climbed and measured the tallest or among the tallest trees in South Carolina, Georgia, North Carolina, Tennessee, Pennsylvania, Massachusetts, and New Hampshire.

A sample of the credentials and accomplishments of other ENTS members are offered to put the organization into perspective.

Dr. Lee Frelich, the ENTS VP, is the Director of the Center for Hardwood Ecology at the University of Minnesota. Dr. Frelich is ENTS's principal research scientist and is presently developing the protocal for an eastern-wide study of maximum growth potential for selected species.

Dr. David Stahle, an ENTS co-founder, is the Director of the Tree Ring Laboratory at the University of Arkansas.

Dr. Tom Diggins is the principal research scientist studying Zoar Valley old growth in NY.

Professor Gary Beluzo is one of two individuals responsible for the old growth inventory, mapping, and documentation for DCR in Massachusetts. Robert Leverett is the other.

Dale Luthringer, the naturalist and educational director for Cook Forest State Park, PA, runs the ENTS workshop for tree measuring.

Colby Rucker and Robert Leverett are members of a select committee of American Forests to study and revise rules for measuring champion trees.

I'll stop at this point, but the list can be expanded if need be.

Question: Is this strictly a nonprofit venture?
Answer: Yes. ENTS is an nonprofit organization with 501c3 status through the parent organization Friends of Mohawk Trail State Forest.

Question: What about our own scientists?
Answer: BVP is the most important scientist for this project and he is a lifetime honorary member of ENTS. It would be splendid if other scientists could join the effort. Lee Frelich and Tom Diggins would be welcome additions. There are other scientists on the list including Charlie Cogbill, David Stahle, Neil Pederson, Larry Winship, Alan White, to name a few. They'll have to speak for themselves. However, BVP is the key individual for the particular project at hand. Canopy mapping research is not only what Bob does, but what he pioneers.

TOPIC: Old Forest Society.

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Date: Sat, Oct 27 2007 11:55 pm
From: dbhguru


I am acquainted with Dr. Peter Quinby. If I recall correctly, he was part of the old growth definitions symposium that we held in 1998 at Harvard Forest. The 3 principal organizing parties were Friends of Mohawk Trail State Forest, Harvard Forest, and the Commonwealth's DEM. With no false modesty, the idea for the symposium was mine. At that event, we also invited Peter Ulich from the Ministry of Natural Resources of Ontario (or something like that). My big buddy Don Bertolette participated. He flew in from the Grand Canyon and presented an excellent briefing on the use of fire in ecological restoration.

You would be surprised at the number of important old growth researchers that attended one or more of the conferences of the Ancient Eastern Forest Conference Series. I have thought about writing up the history of the series. Prime participants in that series who will be familiar to many on the list include:

Dr. Lee Frelich
Dr. David Stahle
Dr. Charles Cogbill
Dr. David Orwig
Dr. John Okeefe
Don Bertolette
Dr. Michael Perlman (deceased)
Dr. Bruce Allen
Dr. Robert Van Pelt
Dr. Neil Pederson
Dr. Allen White (U.ME.)
Dr. Rick Van De Poll
John Davis
Mary Byrd Davis

What do all the above have in common? Yes, they are (or have been) members of ENTS. In researching forest topics on the Internet, we sometimes forget that the primary source of expertise is often internal to ENTS -something that can make all our heads swell.

I am going to pursue some of the other scientists and naturalists who were part of the Ancient Eastern Forest Conference Series. I have Dr. Steve Silva in mind at U. ME. He is an lichen expert. As Dr. Tom Diggins has said better than I, ENTS is an incredible brain trust. We can easily take for granted what we have created in ENTS, but lets not let that happen. Ed and I are researching ways to get the messages from Topica archived. I wish I had done a better job of orgainzing and archiving the discussion threads over the years. Ed is doing a much better job keeping it all together on the website. His value to ENTS is simply inestimable.

In the way of modern history, the annual Forest Summit Lecture Series-ENTS rendezvous is an outgrowth of the Ancient Forest Conference Lecture Series and old growth research by Friends of Mohawk Trail State Forest. Of course the star to take a bow in this series is my buddy Professor Gary Beluzo. I've just got to find the time to get all this history down on paper. Our collective accomplishments through these series and organizations run far deeper than the daily banter on the list would ever suggest.