I feel like I should properly introduce myself.
My name is Don Bertolette. I'm a native northern Californian having been born in Sacramento and spending pre-school years in Susanville, before moving all around the state. I returned to northern California in the late 1960s to major in Forestry at Humboldt State College (now a State University). Among the many national forests that I worked in over the years of my forestry career, the years I spent on the Plumas (East Zone engineering) were among my favorites.
Like others of us on this BBS, I've noted your interest and enthusiasm, and am "thinking" you're on your way to success. Some of the cues to my "thinking" are:
1)the article about you, and this other fellow (Michael Taylor) you brought along for 'scale' in the photo, in the Plumas County newspaper,
2)your own blog! I'm in the middle of a wordpress revamping of my own webpage, and am very impressed with your up and running wordpress blog! For those BBS readers following this thread, check out Duncan's blog at https://sierracountybigtrees.wordpress.com/
, with dated narratives and photos documenting your big tree adventures.
I can't help but think your family members are learning as much as you are, as you sashay through the woods seeking the "big'uns"! Do keep after your dream, it will take you where you need to go.
That said, I'd like you to feel invited into the Western
Native Tree Society (WNTS), if that fellow Michael Taylor hasn't already invited you. We certainly would welcome your enthusiasm!