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"Can you help us by collecting acorns from the Helen Keller Oak?"
Speaking is Susan Fisher, volunteer coordinator for The Classic Tree Nursery, a nationally known company that is growing trees for America's Historic Forests. The nursery orchestrates the collecting of seeds from historic and national champion trees, and then nurtures the seeds into seedlings to be planted in the Historic Forests.
Working out of the nursery's headquarters-a converted dairy barn in jacksonville, Florida-Fisher coordinates a growing network of volunteer seed collectors across the nation.
Her interest in Historic Forests comes out of her own background as a community volunteer. Fisher has seen the tragedies that the loss of trees can wreak on an urban environment. And she has done something about it. She and a friend started Greenscape, a local tree-planting organization, before Fisher signed on with the Historic Forests program.
Global ReLeaf coordinators and cooperators are helping her develop the network of seed collectors. In March 1990, Global ReLeafers read the first issue of Classic Tree News, a newsletter designed to provide updates on the Historic Forests program, alert volunteer collectors to trees that are seeding, and recognize volunteers for outstanding contributions to the project.
The timing was right. Phone calls flooded in. Readers asked for seed-collection kits or called to tell Fisher of a tree in their community that belonged in the Historic Tree collection.
One of the volunteers Fisher enlisted was Harriett Edwards of Florence, Alabama Florence city is the seat of Lauderdale County, which is situated in the northwest corner of the U.S. state of Alabama.
According to the 2005 Census Bureau estimates, the city's population was 36,721. , a member of the town's tree commission, which helps protect the community's green resources. Fisher asked, "Can you collect acorns from the Helen Keller Oak?"
"I had read a couple of issues of the newsletter when Susan called," says Edwards, explaining how she happened to go acorning at Ivy Green Ivy Green is the name for the childhood home of Helen Keller. It is located in Tuscumbia, Alabama. The house was built in 1820 and is a simple white clapboard house.  The actual well pump where Helen Keller first communicated with Anne Sullivan is located at Ivy Green. , the estate in Tuscumbia, Alabama Tuscumbia is a city and the county seat of Colbert County, Alabama, United States. At the 2000 census, the population was 7,856 and is included in The Shoals MSA. Tuscumbia is the hometown of Helen Keller and the location of the Alabama Music Hall of Fame. , where Helen Keller was born.
Keller's autobiography, The Story of My Life, and the movie, The Miracle Worker, tell the story of how Keller climbed the tree during a thunderstorm thunderstorm, violent, local atmospheric disturbance accompanied by lightning, thunder, and heavy rain, often by strong gusts of wind, and sometimes by hail. . Oblivious to the storm because of her hearing and visual impairments, Keller had to be rescued by her teacher.
Harriett Edwards went to pick the Keller acorns in late September. In seed collection, timing is critical. Missing a seed cycle means months or even years of lost time since some trees do not produce seeds annually.
"No plastic, please!" horticulturist Gene Gruenbeck, who develops the Historic Forests collection calendar, told Edwards. 'Plastic is airtight, so moisture accumulates and spoils the seeds."
Placing the Keller acorns in a paper sack, Edwards shipped them to The Classic Tree Nursery, which has established a network of some of the finest growers in the nation. Among them are Chestnut Hill Chestnut Hill may refer to:
Either of two trees of the genus Diospyros in the ebony family, and their globular, edible fruits. The native American persimmon (D. . Classic Tree shipped the Keller acorns to Bob Byrnes at Trail Ridge Nursery in Keystone Heights, Florida Keystone Heights is a city in Clay County, Florida, United States. The population was 1,349 at the 2000 census. As of 2004, the population recorded by the U.S. Census Bureau is 1,392 .
Named after the state of Pennsylvania, the "Keystone State". .
"We've received seeds from all over the country," Byrnes says. Some of them are from trees that are quite old. For example, we worked with an American Holly that George Washington himself planted at Mount Vernon Mount Vernon, estate, United States
Mount Vernon, NE Va., overlooking the Potomac River near Alexandria, S of Washington, D.C.; home of George Washington from 1747 until his death in 1799. ." Byrnes says that he went into that one pessimistically because older trees don't bear as many viable seeds. Nevertheless, it worked, and Byrnes attributes the success to the tree's vigor.
At 150 to 180 years old, the Keller Oak also ranks as an aging tree, but it too is in good condition. Harriett Edwards envisions a time when people will walk in the shade of its descendants and learn how Helen Keller overcame her disabilities.
Okay, so the volunteers send in seeds, and designated growers such as Bob Byrnes nurture them into seedlings. What next?
"We make sure we keep strict control of what we have," says Byrnes."We take extreme measures to keep the inventory straight." The reason is to ensure the accuracy of a Certificate of Authenticity A Certificate of Authenticity (COA) is a seal or small sticker on a proprietary computer program, t-shirt, jersey, or any other memorabilia item, especially in the world of computers and sports, which is designed to demonstrate that the item is authentic. that is issued to those who plant a tree in America's Historic Forests (see -How to Help" on page 42).
The next step is planting the seedlings in a Historic Forest, where they will be nurtured and cared for as tenderly as most of their progenitors
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Like Keller's hometown, most communities can boast of a beloved tree that symbolizes its history. But even well-loved trees don't live forever.
"I call it my loving tree," says Josephine Leuzzi, of New Hope, Pennsylvania New Hope, formerly Coryell's Ferry, is a borough in Bucks County, Pennsylvania, USA. The population was 2,252 at the 2000 census. Geography
New Hope is located at (40.360312, -74.957203)GR1. , another volunteer seed collector. She is referring to the Columbus Oak, a white oak thought to be 507 years old, according to according to
1. As stated or indicated by; on the authority of: according to historians.
2. In keeping with: according to instructions.
3. ring borings.
Leuzzi and her neighbors consider themselves the guardians and caretakers of the Columbus Oak. A class at nearby Council Rocks Intermediate School raised money for a small trust fund to help maintain the tree. Leuzzi welcomes the hundreds of visitors each year who come to see the majestic tree, but like other tree owners, she appreciates it if they ask permission first.
Helping obtain permission for collecting seeds-whether the historic tree is on private or public property-is another of Susan Fisher's jobs. "We respect each owner's requirements," she says, when we ask permission to include their tree in the America's Historic Forests collection' " Sometimes volunteers help smooth the way.
"I'm meeting with the ranger on Monday," says Jennifer Frongillo, a Global ReLeaf cooperator in Winchester, Massachusetts Winchester is a town located in Middlesex County, Massachusetts. As of the 2000 census, the town had a population of 20,500. History
The land on which Winchester now sits was purchased from Native Americans by representatives of the settlement of Charlestown in 1639, and , and leader of a Girl Scout troop. Frongillo's scout troop want to gather seeds from Walden Woods State Reservation, where the trees grow that inspired Thoreau. "Meeting the ranger completes the footwork I've done," Frongillo says. "We also plan to collect seeds from historic red oaks, American elms, and sugar maples at Hammond Castle This article or section needs sources or references that appear in reliable, third-party publications. Alone, primary sources and sources affiliated with the subject of this article are not sufficient for an accurate encyclopedia article. in Gloucester, Massachusetts
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All across the nation, the appeal of the Historic Forests is opening gates to the volunteers who proudly wear their Global ReLeaf T-Shirts with Famous Seed Collector" emblazoned on the back. Some are drawn by the opportunity for environmental activism, others by the educational component.
One of thE latter is Suzanne Malec, an urban-forestry educator and Global ReLeaf cooperator who develops programs to encourage city dwellers to "own" their environment. "We're developing a program to identify champion trees in the city," says Malec, who envisions inner-city Historic Groves.
Still others are drawn by the historic component. "I'm 80 years old,"says Anita Totman of Phippsburg, Maine “Phippsburg” redirects here. For the small town in Colorado, see Phippsburg, Colorado.
Phippsburg is a town in Sagadahoc County, Maine, on the west side of the mouth of the Kennebec River. The population was 2,106 at the 2000 census. , but I crawled around on the ground to gather seeds from the Constitutional Bicentennial bi·cen·ten·ni·al
1. Happening once every 200 years.
2. Lasting for 200 years.
3. Relating to a 200th anniversary.
A 200th anniversary or its celebration. Also called bicentenary. English linden. A shipbuilder named McCobb brought this tree back from England in 1774." Totman sees the Historic Forests as a way to encourage future generations to remember the people and events that built this nation.
Some volunteers are historic preservationists who understand that venerable old trees are an integral component of historic districts, giving them life.
The people-to-people nature of Historic Forests is creating a groundswell ground·swell
1. A sudden gathering of force, as of public opinion: a groundswell of antiwar sentiment.
2. of interest. "People in my town want to know more than I can tell them," says Harriett Edwards.
Tell them to call Susan Fisher at 904/396-5900. She can't wait to talk about trees for America's Historic Forests.
How To HELP
To have a seedling planted for you in America's Historic Forests, send a check for $30 to America's Historic Forests, P.O. Box 47560, Jacksonville, FL 32247-7560, or call 9041396-5900. A tree will be planted in your name or in the name of any other individual you designate.
You will receive a Certificate of Authenticity indicating what historic or champion tree produced the seedling, a brief history of the famous tree, the location of your tree, the person in whose name it was planted, a one-year subscription to America's Historic Forests newsletter, and an AHF AHF antihemophilic factor (coagulation factor VIII).
n the abbreviation for antihemophilic factor. See also factor VIII. membership in AFA AFA
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Each summer, when I visit the Northwest to backpack and taste the wilderness, I make a special point to visit the Ross Creek Giant Cedars in Montana's Bull River Valley or the Settlers Grove Cedars near Murray, Idaho. In a good year I'll visit both. In the three or four hours I spend there, I'm able to get a year's worth of -the feeling"-not just love for the trees and the place but love for the planet itself. The fact that these old trees that have fought the wind and snow and drought have been there for so long and seen so much is both humbling and rejuvenating for me.
I've had the feeling' at the Wye Oak The Wye Oak was the honorary state tree of Maryland, and the largest white oak tree in the United States. Located in the town of Wye Mills, in Talbot County, Maryland, the Wye Oak was believed to be over 460 years old at the time of its destruction during a thunderstorm on June 6, on Maryland's Eastern Shore, at the Treaty Oak in Jacksonville, Florida, in City Park in New Orleans, at Muir Woods in northern California, at the arboretum arboretum: see botanical garden.
Place where trees, shrubs, and sometimes herbaceous plants are cultivated for scientific and educational purposes. An arboretum may be a collection in its own right or a part of a botanical garden. at Haverford College in Pennsylvania, and at the National Arboretum in Washington, DC.
The legacy of America's Historic Forests is that in 200 years there will be thousands of protected old-growth groves across our nation, grown from the progeny of historic trees long gone. In each of these groves, the feeling' will be there.
The Commission on the Bicentennial of the United States Constitution, chaired by former Chief Justice Warren Burger, has unanimously voted to adopt America's Historic Forests as a major component in the commemoration of the Bicentennial of the U.S. Constitution and Bill of Rights.
Citizen groups around the country will plant thousands of groves over the next five years as a permanent commemoration of their community's celebration of the 200th anniversary of the Constitution.