There's an oak tree along the Sacramento River that stands out quite a bit. Estimated at 300+ years old, this enormous tree has seen the state's development from wilderness, to gold rush, to thriving society. Being more than 100 feet tall, the tree stands out visually too, a metaphorical "head and shoulders" above its neighbors. Yet this tree may soon meet an early end.
Unfortunately, this historic oak is smack in the middle of a large and expensive new levee project. Homes, farms, barns, and many, many trees have been slated for destruction to make way for the project. In the spirit of maintaining tree cover, more than 6,000 trees have been planted to make up for those that will be removed for the levee, but this tree in particular is irreplaceable.
In fact, the tree was recently nominated to our National Register of Big Trees, and granted championship status as the largest of its kind in the country. But this new project may mean that the oak doesn't live to see it's crown.
Read more about this impressive tree and the project that threatens it at
Not long ago, the city of Marcellus, NY was ready to chop down a certain black maple to make way for the construction of a new sidewalk. Of course, we're sad to see any tree fall, but this was no ordinary black maple - it was the state black maple champion.
On learning about his tree's upcoming demise, Tim Golick (who shares his front yard with the tree) notified everyone he thought could help prevent it.
Among the people and organizations he contacted was yours truly - American Forests. Our acting Executive Director, Gerry Gray, wrote a compelling letter to the mayor of Marcellus, detailing why this tree was far more of an asset to the city alive than a sidewalk would be. And with the combined efforts of American Forests, Tim Golick, and the citizens of Marcellus, we won! The mayor has forestalled any plans to cut down the tree, and Mr. Golick is in the process of assuming legal responsibility for the tree to prevent any future threats to it.
Did you know that trees are the largest living things on earth? The General Sherman Sequoia, for example, is nearly 300 feet tall, and has a volume of more than 52,000 cubic feet! Learn more about the nation's biggest trees in our upcoming National Register of Big Trees, in which we list the largest tree - the reigning champion - of each species. Big-tree-hunters and nominators from across the country come together to produce a thorough and exciting Register every 2 years, and this year promises to be even better. There may be a champion tree right in your own neighborhood, and you never even knew it. Take a look at the 2010 National Register of Big Trees (coming soon!) and find out! http://www.americanforests.org/resources/bigtrees/
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