08, 2003 17:03 PST
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,
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
The qualifications of the two principal designers for the
proposed project follow:
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
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
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
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
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
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
Dr. Michael Perlman (deceased)
Dr. Bruce Allen
Dr. Robert Van Pelt
Dr. Neil Pederson
Dr. Allen White (U.ME.)
Dr. Rick Van De Poll
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.