Robert T. Leverett
of Mohawk Trail State Forest:
Cofounder (1993), President, and principal old growth forest
for this federally recognized non-profit environmental
organization and an officially recognized Friends organization
to the state forests and parks of the Commonwealth of
Native Tree Society (ENTS):
Cofounder, executive director, and principal mathematician of
a forest and tree advocacy organization with 380 members devoted
to scientific research, tree modeling and measurement,
education, and general enjoyment of forests and trees.
Membership consists of academics, government scientists,
professional foresters, arborists, research scientists in
environmental organizations, and ordinary citizens. The core of
ENTS is an advanced tree measuring group, which develops methods
for measuring trees to a high level of accuracy.
Eastern Forest Conference Series:
Principal architect, and presenter.
Conferences held on eastern old growth forest sites bring
together academics, resource managers, and environmental
activists to share information on eastern old growth and present
technical papers. Conferences held at University of North
Carolina; Williams College, MA:
University of Arkansas(2 events): Clarion University of
Pennsylvania: University of Minnesota, Harvard
University-Harvard Forest, Sweet Briar College, VA, and the
University of New Hampshire, Eastern Kentucky University.
Summit Lecture Series:
Cofounder with Professor Gary Beluzo
Sponsored annually by Holyoke Community College, Holyoke,
Massachusetts as a public service. Six conferences held to date.
Conferences present updated information of old growth forests in
the East. Leverett is the primary presenter on Massachusetts old
Old Growth Forest Clearing House - Georgetown, KY:
Advisor and consultant to
this organization dedicated to accumulating and archiving
information on eastern old growth forests
Old Growth Forests-Prospects for Rediscovery and Recovery’
A co-conceptualizer of the book with Dr. Mary Byrd Davis. An
assistant editor and a coauthor of this widely received book on
eastern old growth forests. A publication of Island Press
‘Stalking the Forest Monarchs-A Guide to Measuring
Coauthor of. self-published
book with Will Blozan on how to measure champion trees (1997).
Included new measurement techniques.
‘Old Growth In The East, A Survey’ Wrote forward and lead essay for Dr. Mary
Davis's publication seminal publication on the old growth sites
in the East, 1993. Provided the data for southern New England
and selected sites in northern New England, New York,
Pennsylvania, and the southern Appalachians. Assisted Mary Davis
with the 1996 update.
‘Re-Wilding the Northeast - A New Wilderness Paradigm’
A coauthor of the book. Wrote lead chapter on eastern old
growth. Published by University Press of New England
‘Sierra Club Guide Book to Ancient Forests of the Northeast’
Coauthor with Bruce Kershner of this 2004 book on old growth
sites in the Northeast.
‘American Indian Places – A Historical Guidebook’
this book organized by Frances Kennedy. Houghton Mifflin
John Daviis, Conservation Director of the Adirondack Council,
commented on Bob and his role as an "Evangelist for Old Growth":
"It was your contagious and charismatic
enthusiasm for big and old trees in part, Bob, but also your commitment
and dedication to wild forests, your powers of articulation in
describing them, your sleuth-like ability to find them, and your moving
sermons on their behalf! In short, with respect to great trees and wild
forests, you speak with authority. You've a clear vision of how the
East should be broadly and wildly forested, again some distant day."
A more detailed profile can be
President, Eastern Native Tree Society,
President, Appalachian Arborists, Inc.,
ISA Certified Arborist SO-4032A http://www.appalachianarborists.com/
The ENTS president is a certified
arborist and former science technician with the GSMNP. Will has a
widely recognized reputation as a tree measurer. He has been
featured in articles, on TV., 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
Will Blozan helped organized and mapped the structure of the
Middleton Oak, in South Carolina, the Sag Branch Tulip - the
first two tree to be mapped in eastern United States. Will
organized and directed the Tsuga Search Project that documented
the largest and greatest of the Eastern hemlock trees found
anywhere, many of them hundreds of years old, prior to their
untimely death as the result of infestation by an invasive
insect - the Hemlock Wooly Adelgid. Will Blozan has recently
become involved in a canopy mapping project of some of the giant
Sequoia's in Whittaker Forest in California.
Vice President of The Eastern Native Tree
Lee E. Frelich is Director of the University of Minnesota Center for
Hardwood Ecology. He received a Ph.D. in Forest Ecology from the
University of Wisconsin-Madison in 1986. Frelich teaches courses in
Forest Fire Ecology and Landscape Ecology on St.Paul Campus. He has
advised 18 graduate students, and is a senior member of the Conservation
Biology, Natural Resource Science and Management, Ecology, and Invasive
Species Graduate Programs. Frelich has published numerous papers on
forest ecology and has been listed among the top 1% of all scientists in
the world in the Science Citation Index, Ecology and Environment
Category. He has appeared in the news media 200 times including /The New
York Times/, /Newsweek/, /National Geographic/, and many TV and radio
stations. Current research interests include fire and wind in boreal
forests, long-term dynamics of old-growth hemlock and maple forests,
invasive earthworms in forests, and global warming.
Dr. Lee Frelich is one of the most distinguished forest ecologists in the United States and the foremost expert on natural forest disturbance regimes in the forests of the upper Mid-West. He is the author of "Forest Dynamics and Disturbance Regimes". Lee is often called on as an expert witness on subjects that span the spectrum of forest issues from the potential impact of climate change to what constitutes an old growth ecosystem.
Webmaster of the Eastern Native Tree Society
I am by training a geologist with a BS degree from Western Kentucky
University, and MS in Geology from Mississippi State University. Thesis
title: Aspects of Karst development and Speleogenesis Isla de Mona,
Puerto Rico: An Analogue for Pleistocene Speleogenesis in The Bahamas. I
was a PhD candidate in Geology at the University of Minnesota. I have
peer reviewed published papers in fields ranging from spelean history,
geology, archaeology, vertebrate paleontology, karst processes and
speleogenesis. Some examples:
Journal of Cave and Karst Studies, Vol. 60(2), August 1998.
I am a member of the National Speleological Society and have been
involved in cave exploration ad mapping across the United states from
New Mexico, to Kentucky and Tennessee, to Pennsylvania, west Virginia,
and Virginia. I organized and lead a speleological expedition to the
Dominican Republic in December 1986, and have participated in and
organized field work in the Bahamas and Puerto Rico.
I worked for the BLM at the Pecos River Projects Office in New Mexico on
the Brantley Dam Feasibility Project. I was a geologist for engineering
firms preparing surface mine permits for the Pa. Bureau of Mining. I was
research Faculty at the University of Central Florida's Sinkhole
Research Institute with duties including the investigation of new
sinkhole openings in the State of Florida, and maintenance of the
Florida Sinkhole database. I was a Teaching Assistant at the University
of Minnesota and at Mississippi State University.
I have been an active member of the Eastern Native Tree Society since
2003 and have served as the group's webmaster since that summer.
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