Tree Namings   Robert Leverett
  Jul 12, 2006 13:12 PDT 

Tree Namings:

   On this Sunday Chief (and Doctor) Arvol Looking Horse, the19th
Generation Keeper of the original Sacred White Buffalo Calf Pipe of the
Lakota, Dakota, Nakota Sioux will climb Bear Butte with his wife Native
environmentalist Paula Horn. At the summit they will do ceremony and
offer prayers. They will offer a prayer and blessings for the union of
Monica and me - a tremendous honor. Arvol and Native elder, the late
Jani Leverett, were co-workers on native causes. Arvol sang to Jani
over the telephone from South Dakota before she passed over. Arvol's was
the last Native voice that Jani heard from this side of the great vail.
BTW, Arvol Looking Horse is a friend and spiritual colleage of the Delli
    Because of this great honoring of Monica and me, I am renaming the
Clutter Pine in MTSF as the Paula Horn Tree. The Clutter Pine is a
beautify and stands next to Arvol's tree. As with other Mohawk Pines,
the tree will retain both names.
    A short distance away from the Calibration Tree (the Junaluska
Pine), grows the Mirror Tree. Will and I visited it on Friday and we
re-measured it (surprise, surprise, surprise). The Mirror Tree is
partially buried by road fill. I've only partially excavated it, but
Will took sightings on the slope and calculated the depth of its base.
Allowing for that, this superb pine is slightly over 156 feet tall and
11.5 feet in circumference at calculatede breast height. This was the
tree that Will was going to climb, but the Junaluska Pine provides
better visibility for observers.
    In appreciation of Will's many accomplishments and his battle to
save what's left of the Great Smoky Mountains hemlocks, hence forth, the
Mirror Tree will also be named the Will Blozan Pine. That makes two
trees for Will. His other is the first 150-footer we confirmed in the
ENTS grove of the Encampment Pines. He was the one to confirm it as a
150-footer. So the Mirror Tree-Will Blozan Pine becomes the tallest of
the pines immediately adjacent to the colonial Mohawk Trail.


Robert T. Leverett
Cofounder, Eastern Native Tree Society