ENTS Mission The Eastern Native Tree Society
(ENTS) is a cyberspace interest group devoted to the celebration of
trees of the eastern North America through art, poetry, music,
mythology, science, medicine, and wood crafts. ENTS is also intended
as an archive for information on specific trees and stands of trees.
ENTS will store data on accurately measured trees for historical
documentation purposes, scientific research, and to resolve big tree
Welcome New Members We just reached an ENTS membership total of 182 as of this morning. On behalf of Will, Lee, myself, and all the
long time members, I'd like to welcome our newest members. We hope to hear from each of you. In ENTS, all are created equal in the eyes of the trees. Please feel completely free to ask questions, share your tree experiences, or contribute in any way you wish. We just hope you will contribute. We have a large silent majority, but that isn't be design. It does allow some of us loquacious types to ramble, but we'll pipe down when more of you joint the chorus. So, again, on behalf of all of us, welcome aboard the best all around tree list on the Internet.
(Posted by co-founder Bob Leverett August 03, 2007)
What Can I Contribute?
Newcomers, Novices, and Lurkers on the web (the last plays to
strains of "Riders on the Storm" in my head). I would like
to encourage you all to participate in the discussions on the ENTS
list. You might ask yourself what you can contribute? When I
first joined the group it was after a tree climb by Will Blozan at
Cook Forest where I met some of the people, but really did not talk
to many of them. The group was smaller then and the list contained
more trip reports of trips to various places. Some of the more
prolific writers of that time are now involved in bigger projects
and their number of reports has diminished. Will Blozan and Jess
Riddle have been involved in the Tsuga Search Project, Bob Leverett
is caught up in testing various gadgets and instrumentation and
weird geometry of tree dendromorphometry. I contribute to these to a
degree as well.
What the group needs from all of you are trip reports. Go visit a
local park and write about the trip, the trees you find, and post it
to the discussion list. A recent post by a member described three urban
trees that were growing around buildings in his community. Anyone
can do this, but please remember to ask permission before measuring
private property We have people who are not biologists and
foresters. I am a geologist. We have writers, photographers, and
artists, we have meteorologists, pharmacists, and musicians.
Everyone has a different viewpoint and that is what makes these
You do not need to measure anything to make the reports worthwhile.
Simply documenting these areas is a step forward. If you want to
measure you can measure tree girths. The instructions are on the
website. You measure the circumference at breast-height at 4.5 feet
by wrapping a tape around the tree. For $10 you can buy a 50 foot
tape that should measure anything in the east... If you like to take
photos, there are many free photo posting sites, such as weblinks
on line to host your pictures. Post them there and send the list a
link to your albums. Or I can post some of the to the ENTS website
with captions. You can send works of poetry, iambic pentameter,
music, art, philosophy or other tree related materials to expand our
horizons. Look at our musings sections. I would like to develop a
section on children's
activities related to trees and the forest. Presently all I have are
links to external sites. Someone could work on them. Remembrances of
the past are always interesting and accounts of historical trees are
always good. There are many thing each of can contribute without
jumping immediately into super-measuring mode. I invite you to do
so. Start off by introducing yourself. We try to answer messages from
new people or those who only post occasionally. If nobody answers
post again. I was away for a few days and came back to over a
hundred messages so it is easy for some to get lost. Post again if
you don't get a reply to your first post. Join the discussions.