November 6th   | 2017
AmericanGrove is looking forward to attending 2017's Partners in Community Forestry Conference 

We are excited to interact with like-minded individuals and enthusiastic organizations to discover new ways to grow and strengthen our nation's canopy. We encourage all attendees to stop by our booth to mingle with the administrators of AmericanGrove. If you are a true tree-lover you will not want to miss the opportunity to witness the unveiling of our latest project,  The Most Loved Trees in America .

-Morgan Garner and Conner Nations, 
Administrators, AmericanGrove
Great American Tree Welcomes Autumn 
The streets are filled with leaf litter from trees like our award-winning Pentz Pecan (nominated by William David Smith). Crisp cold fronts awaken feelings of relaxation, as both the wind and our minds begin to chill. We will soon find ourselves in need of more layers and warm drinks between our hands. Silent nights replace the song of crickets as they seek refuge from cold weather. With warm bodies and warm hearts we are excited to welcome our buddy Autumn!
National Canopy Coverage
Recent discussions on our blog explore some of the effects of stress on urban canopies. A prolonged planting period, neglect, or other stressful environmental changes may cause shrub-like branches to protrude from the base of a tree. This symptom known as 't ree suckers' can be also be found on trees that have been grafted or spliced. Grafting is the joining of multiple stalks to manipulate growth or certain characteristics to ensure a successful harvest, common in fruit trees. Read more about tree suckers on our  blog here

If you plan on traveling to see fall color you may enjoy Chelsea Beck's beautiful animations that depict some of Tristan Gooley's  top 5 navigation tips .

John Muir's Move
Idaho moves its largest sequoia 

100 years ago in Boise, Idaho a sequoia seedling was planted by legendary environmentalist John Muir. Fast forward to 2017 where a local hospital announces plans to expand into the adjacent lot, however this neighboring sequoia was not going down without a fight. After $300,000, the champion tree and surrounding soil have been delicately relocated a quarter mile. This species is  not native to Idaho which made the transport of this 100 ft tall tree a tricky one. We are happy to say that the move went seamlessly and this tree is still standing tall for all visitors to admire. American Grove is sending well wishes to the health of the relocated tree! 

Information and picture provided courtesy by: US News 
The Hidden Life of Trees
Peter Wholleben

Inspired by reactions and behavior of rural beech canopies German forester Peter Wholleben published a book full of unique evidence to the  communication between trees. Wholleben suggests trees roots are comparable to human brains, insinuating unique personalities among forest members. This observation is one no arborist or tree enthusiast can deny. In this humor-filled book, Wohlleben examines trees whose roots support mutual growth by sharing nutrients. Despite common competition for resources, scenarios are described where individual forest members sacrifice to contribute to the overall health of their ecosystems. Where s hort seed dispersal is observed, Whollenben depicts the beautiful process of regeneration as a mutually beneficial and essential process among family canopies, the purpose behind the se c omplex interactions are interpreted and described in detail within the pages of The Hidden Life of Trees

A few favorite books have been added to our   Good Reads section. The bookworms of American Grove would love to receive recommendations regarding your favorite forestry reads!

Science Behind Colors
Transitioning into short autumn days with lower temperatures limit available photo-energy needed to produce chlorophyll. Some leaves have managed to retain their green pigment due to the abundance of chlorophyll collected over the summer months. However, as the storage of this chemical depletes, other pigments begin to appear across the leaves of American canopies. Gingko trees are just one of our many favorite species to watch transition. Share your favorite spot to see fall color in your S tate Grove. Tag us in your fall photos on social media!


Golden ginkgo courtesy of  Jim Diedrick, Professor of English, Agnes Scott College.

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