Saving the nation's green giants: Tall, lush trees

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Saving the nation's green giants: Tall, lush trees

Post by edfrank » Mon Aug 12, 2013 1:48 pm

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Here is an article from Sunday August 11, 2013 Pittsburgh Post Gazette featuring NTS Members Edward Frank, Stephen Hallow, and Scott Wade.
By David Templeton / Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
Walking under his giant white oak tree on his Washington County farm, Paul Karpan appears calm, even meditative, with spirits high. In his 90 years, he's spent many inspired hours with the green monster.
"This is a landmark on this farm -- something you can kind of be proud of," he said.
The mighty oak, which likely took root in the nation's earliest decades, provided shade for his beef cows, a site for picnics and a target for a few bolts of lightning, all while serving as an environmental steward of his 51-year-old Blaine Township farm. Hug this tree and your arms barely bend.

A look at Western Pennsylvania's biggest trees

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A tour of Western Pennsylvania reveals some of the biggest trees in the state and showcases the people who love them. (Video by Doug Oster; 8/11/2103)
Mr. Karpan keeps an eye on the old oak to assure it's still standing because he knows that "every big tree has to die off."

Majestic giants like the white oak are Earth's largest organisms and among its oldest. They pierce the sky with circus-tent canopies. They filter air, water and soil, and science now tells us they rule the ecosystem to the benefit of virtually every creature and organism, including humans.
But over the past three centuries, old-growth trees were chopped down for fuel, farming, development or lumber. Scientists now are realizing the consequences. Champion native trees, with their good genes and long lives that have spanned centuries, could play a role significantly more important than serving as modern spectacles of nature.

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Re: Saving the nation's green giants: Tall, lush trees

Post by dbhguru » Mon Aug 12, 2013 3:00 pm


Good article. Well-intentioned. I do image Dale isn't going to be pleased to learn that the "highest" tree in PA is 148 feet. Oops. Reporters often confuse champion trees via the formula and champion tree program with maximums by dimension.

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Re: Saving the nation's green giants: Tall, lush trees

Post by John Harvey » Mon Aug 12, 2013 6:55 pm

Very nice article. Sad to see the champ quercus alba has fallen. The London Grove meeting house tree is a great oak to take its place though, Ill have to dig around and see if I have some photos. Enjoyed the video attached to the article as well.
John D Harvey (JohnnyDJersey)

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"If you look closely at a tree you'll notice it's knots and dead branches, just like our bodies. What we learn is that beauty and imperfection go together wonderfully." - Matt Fox

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Re: Saving the nation's green giants: Tall, lush trees

Post by Matt Markworth » Mon Aug 12, 2013 8:05 pm

Ed, Steve, Scott,

Congrats on making it into the Post-Gazette! Definitely an important message.


Congrats on being featured in the video. It was refreshing to see the laser rangefinder being shown as superior in a media outlet.

- Matt

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