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50th birthday of big trees.


Americans like champions, and Americans like trees. Put the two together, and you have an instant winner.

That's exactly what the American Forestry Association did back in October of 1940. Today AFA's National Register of Big Trees marks its 50th anniversary with a brand new, beautifully illustrated 1990 edition. If you're currently an AFA member, a complete copy is bound into this issue of AMERICAN FORESTS following page 40. The special National Register publication does not appear in newsstand and other non-member copies, but it can be ordered by sending a check or money order for $7.95 to the American Forestry Association, P.O. Box 2000, Washington, DC 20013. Or join AFA for $24 and receive a free copy of the Register.

The complete story of the origin of the Big Trees list is included in the 1990 Register. The heart of the Champions program has always been the involvement of Americans in the hunt for the nation's mammoth trees. And the soul of the program is the protection and preservation of the big trees.

This year, sponsorship by the Davey Tree Expert Company is making it possible for AFA to go all out to tell the story of America's Living Landmarks as never before. Davey's continuing support will enable AFA to publish the full Register every two years. In addition, a national campaign to increase public awareness of these Living Landmarks has been launched in honor of the 50th anniversary celebration.

The listings in this special edition contain the current National Champion trees for over 850 native and naturalized species in the United States. The listings also indicate more than 200 species for which no champ has been found to date.

Those interested in joining the hunt may write for AFA's new Big Trees brochure on how to measure and nominate a National Champion. AF
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Title Annotation:American Forestry Association's National Register of Big Trees
Author:Gangloff, Deborah
Publication:American Forests
Date:Jan 1, 1990
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