May 26th   | 2017
"Life is not just networked; it is  network."   David Haskell, The Songs of Trees

Submissions for American Grove's 3rd annual Great American Tree Competition open today! This year's all star forestry panel is searching for a perfect shade tree, vibrant spring flowers, or any spectacular tree that represents spring or summer to you.  Nominations for 2017 Great American Tree are due by August 4th . More information regarding s ubmission requirements can be found on our site  here.

The first place winner of the Great American Tree competition will receive $500 , second place is $250  and third place is $100.

Inert but Never Inactive
Benefits of Fallen Logs

Gloom may be the overbearing emotion for American Grove's passionate arborist upon viewing a graveyard of toppled trees. The trees themselves may appear lifeless, but their work as forest regulators is still not over. Biotic activity never ceases on and inside deceased trees. The b iological capitol of fallen logs are like goldmines to lichen and fungi. Fallen trees provide temperate benefits to their forest communities as well as storage, a place for nests, and shelter for passing fauna. 
            The U.S. Forest Service reports approx. 1,200 forms of fauna rely on dead, dying, or rotted-hollow trees. This does not include the dozens of amphibians, insects, birds, and other forest dwellers that are frequent shoppers at the fallen logs cafeteria. 

We would love to hear from our members about other legacies deceased trees have created  in our  Deceased but still Devoted section under our  Q & A tab.

'Snag' is the term for trees that are dead/partially dead yet still standing. 
The Songs of Trees
Professor David Haskell

Biology buff David Haskell has created another urban forestry masterpiece that has topped our reading list. His most recent publication, The Songs of Trees, focuses on 12 trees from around the globe including a few species from our United States canopy: a bradford pear, cottonwood, sabal palm, and bonsai white pine. His keen observations reveal the millions of fungal cells, atmospheric conditions, and ancient networks that continue to provide improved living environments for Earth's international canopy. Haskell's composition argues for the mutually beneficial relationship of nature and man. Connect with the audios and visuals that inspired the encapsulating writings of Haskell  here. More information regarding The Songs of Trees can be found on  Haskel's website.

Planting trees contributes to your local forest by creating urban landmarks as well as thriving community members with identities and personalities.Trees maintained by neighborhoods and communities have an exponentially higher survival rate than those who are left unattended. Urban trees depend on humans for protection and maintenance, as we depend on them for carbon sequestration and nutrients. Information regarding care and tree planting opportunities can be found under our Energy Saving Trees tab. Join other American Grove members posting updates, descriptions, and tips regarding the growth of your saplings  here.
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Do you ever pass by a tree trunk that you can't help but anthropomorphize? The knee of this tree looked as if it were watching me approach from blocks away. I thought I would surely witness a wink from this eye. We would love to see the personality shining through the bark of your local canopy! 

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