National Champion sassafras in Kentucky.  
        Photos by Michael Davie.




On March 14, 2010 the Eastern Native Tree Society and Western Native Tree Society switched from discussion lists on Google Groups to a new discussion list in a Bulletin Board format at:  Posts made since the inception of the BBS on March 14, 2010 will be sorted and archived on the BBS. Click on the link to go to the equivalent section on the new BBS. This website will continue to serve as a front end for the ENTS and WNTS groups. It will continue to serve as a repository of older posts, and will serve as the host site for special projects and features that are not well suited for a BBS format. Please visit the BBS for the latest information and trip reports.


Field Trips


  • Dinsmoore Woods revisted  ENTS, On 7/22/09 my wife and I took a trip to Northern Kentucky for a week long conference in the vicinity of Dinsmoore Woods. We had previously visited this site on 9/29/07 and spent most of the afternoon due west of the homestead and south of RT18. We had a couple hours free time on 7/22/09 to tour the Kentucky countryside and decided to take another detour past... more »
    By Dale Luthringer  - Jan 13, 2010
  •  Bur Oaks KY August 6, 2009
  • January Weather in Review, KY Feb 28, 2009


  • Blanton Forest Org 
  • At 3,090 acres, Blanton Forest State Nature Preserve in Harlan County protects the largest old-growth forest in the Commonwealth.  This diverse ecological treasure on Pine Mountain's southern slope is one of the largest old-growth forests in the eastern United States. Many of the trees are three to four feet in diameter, towering 100 feet above the forest floor. Blanton Forest contains several forest communities, including mixed-mesophytic deciduous forest with many kinds of canopy trees, such as sugar maple, tulip poplar, various oaks, hemlocks, beech and several species of magnolia trees.
  • Kentucky State Nature Preserves Commission 
  • Lloyd Wildlife Management Area, north-central Kentucky (Grant County); 40 acres of old-growth mixed hardwood forest divided into two 20-acre tracts separated by a field. The site is the best remnant of the forests of the Bluegrass. Nature trail through old hardwoods, one of state’s oldest virgin tree stands. 
  • Liley Cornett Woods Lilley Cornett Woods is the first and longest preserved remnant of old-growth forest in eastern Kentucky. In your visit to the Woods, you return to the kind of forest that was seen by early pioneers. It is a unique "island" of protected forest in a "sea" of other kinds of land use. It has been designated as a Registered National Natural Landmark by the U.S. Department of Interior, and it is also a Registered Natural Area of the Society of American Foresters.
  • Kentucky Forest and Caves - John Muir