A group for those seriously into tree measurement and would include among others Robert Leverett, Michael Taylor, Will Blozan, and Dale Luthringer and others involved with detailed tree measurement and modeling.
Chairman Robert Leverett
Friends of Mohawk Trail State Forest: Cofounder (1993), President, and principal old growth forest ecologist for this federally recognized non-profit environmental organization and an officially recognized Friends organization to the state forests and parks of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.
Eastern Native Tree Society (ENTS): Cofounder, executive director, and principal mathematician of ENTS – 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.
Ancient 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.
Forest 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 growth sites.
Eastern Old Growth Forest Clearing House - Georgetown, KY: Advisor and consultant to this organization dedicated to accumulating and archiving information on eastern old growth forests
‘Eastern 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 (1996).
‘Stalking the Forest Monarchs-A Guide to Measuring Champion Trees’ 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.
‘Wilderness Comes Home: Rewilding the Northeast,’ Christopher McGrory Klyza, ed. Wrote lead chapter entitled "Old-Growth Forest of the Northeast." Published by University Press of New England, 2001.
‘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’ Contributor to this book organized by Frances Kennedy. Houghton Mifflin Company, 2008
John Davis, 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."
Vice Chairman Michael Taylor
Vice-President of the Western Native Tree Society, is now the American Forests champion tree coordinator for California. Michael W. Taylor is a leading discoverer of champion and tallest trees - most notably Coast Redwoods. In 2006, Michael co-discovered the tallest known tree in the world, a coast redwood (sequoia) now named "Hyperion". He also discovered "Helios" and "Icarus", the 2nd and 3rd tallest. National Geographic made a video about the discovery and measuring of Hyperion. The discovery made headlines. Taylor has discovered 50 coast redwoods over 350 feet tall, and co-discovered approximately 100 more over 350 feet with Chris Atkins and Stephen Sillett, who is the first holder of the Kenneth L. Fisher Chair in Redwood Forest Ecology at Humboldt State University. Taylor and Sillett have collaborated and measured remarkable previously unknown redwoods. Their discoveries have fueled research and public interest in coast redwoods, which are now a World Heritage Site. Michael is a main character of the non-fiction book (2007) The Wild Trees. The narrative includes how Taylor began exploring for tall trees, measuring tallest trees, and later networking with Pacific coast forest researchers.