25 Years with the Davey Tree Expert Company
Next year will be a big year for American Forests, as we celebrate the 75th year of the National Big Tree Program. Prompted by forester Joseph Sterns’ 1940 article, “Let’s Find and Save the Biggest Trees,” in this very magazine, the program began that year with the goal of locating the largest native trees across the country in order to preserve them and educate the public about their importance. It proved to be a huge success: Two years after the launch, 500 trees were reported to American Forests by 700 individuals involved in the big tree hunt.
Next year also marks the 25th anniversary of another milestone for our beloved Big Tree Program: the beginning of our partnership with the Davey Tree Expert Company, the program’s premier sponsor. Since 1989, Davey has helped increase awareness about our champion trees and the vital role they play in the environment. Today, the program involves participants from all 50 states and the District of Columbia and it has served as inspiration for similar programs across the globe, including Korea and New Zealand. There are now more than 800 champion and co-champion trees from some 786 different species.
American Forests and the Davey Tree Expert Company will release a special anniversary edition of the calendar for 2015. To learn more, visit americanforests.org/bigtrees.