Maybe the chatty, we're one big happy family all crammed into one big room feeling has been lost, but it was time for that sense of ENTS to be sunsetted. The old forum was too easy to intentionally or unintentionally abuse. Remember a fellow named John and our Texas friend who chased him through cyberspace? Neither had any business being in ENTS. The new forum pushes us to think more seriously about the topic and where it belongs. The moderators have more to do, but we have many tools to use to insure the list stays on target. ENTS is a class act organization and needs to be constantly improving and moving forward. I predict that the membership will build back up and in time, we'll all herald the move as not only good, but necessary.
For my purposes, science, tree measuring, site documentation, artistic contributions, tree identification, ENTS events, and human interest aspects of forests and trees define the organization. Some general chitchat is okay, but it should be separated from the bread and butter topics. The BBS allows us to realize that objective.
Robert T. Leverett
Co-founder and Executive Director
Native Native Tree Society
Co-founder and President
Friends of Mohawk Trail State Forest