I recently joined the Native Tree Society, having long admired its project pages & discussion forums. I'm a writer & naturalist living in the maritime Northwest, and my main areas of focus--and my passions--are wild landscapes, physical geography, the classification of landforms & ecosystems, and the intersection of topography & ecology. Old, huge, particularly gnarled, living-at-the-fringe-of-their-range, and otherwise notable trees have always spoken to me (though all, naturally, are wonderful in their own way), and I love chancing upon them, whether on wilderness bushwhacks, trail rambles, or strolls through parks & cemeteries.
I'm looking forward to more deeply exploring these forums, and taking advantage of the impressive collective knowledge housed here. The efforts to document lone veterans & resilient patches of old-growth are really inspiring. Mostly, I'm sure, I'll be a happy student on these pages, but I also hope to post about particular trees/forests I've come across (there is an ancient, half-dead Pacific Madrone of impressive size I visit regularly on the Ice Age Floods-scoured benches above the Willamette River in the Portland Metro area), and perhaps some musings on trees & landscape.
Thanks for all your work & dedication.