The scotch pine isn't up to NTS standards, nor those of American Forests under the new guidelines (produced by Don Bertolette and me). However, the ghosts of mis-measured trees past continue to hang around. It is a touchy issue. Lots of the multi-stem trees in the Register are the work of big tree hunters who have been extremely productive. They have kept some of the state programs going. American Forests does not want to totally alienate these dedicated tree hunters so we are moving slowly.In time, the multis will be dealt with. Also, the producers of the magazine are not always in sync with where the big tree program is going. They have a bit of catching up to do.
On May 31st, I held a tree-measuring workshop at the University of Tennessee in Knoxville. It was well attended and the state looks to revitalize its big tree program. We discussed the multi-stem issue and are basically in agreement, so progress continues to be made, but issues will remain especially for those species that tend to coppice naturally.
Robert T. Leverett
Co-founder and Executive Director
Native Native Tree Society
Co-founder and President
Friends of Mohawk Trail State Forest