Publications of the Native Tree Society 

The Native Tree Society is the publisher several publications.  The first is a scientific journal published quarterly entitled the Bulletin of the Eastern Native Tree Society.  The second is the eNTS Magazine published monthly primarily as a summary of materials posted to the NTS BBS. The organization also published a series of Special Publications on an irregular basis.


Bulletin of the Eastern Native Tree Society

The Bulletin was established in the Summer of 2006 under the editorship of Dr. Don Bragg a Research Forester, USDA Forest Service, Southern Research Station, P.O. Box 3516 UAM, Monticello, AR 71656.  He writes of the journal:

Conventional wisdom holds that an organization has really “come of age” when it can offer its membership something a little more tangible than just a sense of belonging. In a sense, the Bulletin of the Eastern Native Tree Society has been months in preparation, with many dedicated individuals working hard to create a visual representation of the Eastern Native Tree Society.

In reality, this journal has been years in the works, dating back to the earliest moments of the organization as its purpose crystallized from the efforts and interests of its founding members. So what is the vision for the Bulletin? I suppose if you were to ask a dozen ENTS members, you would get a dozen different responses. Perhaps the best way to understand the Bulletin is to know the organization and its goals. ENTS was formed not that many years ago to celebrate the forests and trees of eastern North America through a variety of formats. Additionally, the founders intended ENTS to serve as a repository for highly accurate information on large tree dimensions.

ENTS is comprised of a small but dedicated core of devoted tree measurers from many different fields— some scientific, some not. We have writers and weather forecasters, arborists and computer instructors, professors and students, people of all walks of life and all levels of interest. Although centered around some core principles, the Bulletin will reflect the diverse interests of ENTS membership.  To this end, a wide range of materials can be submitted for consideration for publication in the Bulletin—simply follow the instructions for authors posted in this and future issues. In addition to more technical materials like trip reports and peer reviewed scientific articles, the editorial board would like to encourage members to submit poetry, pictures, stories, editorials, observations, and other original creations that correspond to the interests of the society.


eNTS Magazine

The eNTS Magazine's first issue covers the period of January 2011 and consists of a compilation of posts made to the BBS during that period.  It is edited by Edward Frank.   He writes: 

This magazine will be published monthly and contain materials that are compiled from posts made to the NTS BBS It will feature notable trip reports, site descriptions and essays posted to the BBS by NTS members. The goal is to have an easily distributable magazine of posts available for download for those interested in the Native Tree Society and the work that is being conducted by its members...

This magazine will serve as a companion to the Bulletin and help the group reach potential new members. To submit materials for inclusion in the next issue, post to the BBS. Members are welcome to suggest specific articles that you might want to see included in future issues of the magazine, or point out materials that were left from a particular month’s compilation that should have been included. Older articles can always be added as necessary to the magazine. The magazine will focus on the first post on a subject and provide a link to the discussion on the website. Where warranted later posts in a thread may also be selected for inclusion.


Special Publications of the Native Tree Society 

The Native Tree Society also publishes a series of Special Publications on an irregular basis as appropriate material become available.  The first in the series is the Tree Measuring Guideline of the Eastern Native Tree Society by Will Blozan.

Will Blozan writes: 

The most significant difference between ENTS measured trees and those measured via conventional forestry methods is a much higher standard of accuracy. In fact, the "ENTS method" of laser-based tree height measurements is so accurate that it is being employed in height growth monitoring projects by several universities and premier forest ecologists. Perhaps the most important value of the ENTS method is that it is repeatable, a basic premise of any scientific project. Users of the method, with a few minutes of training, can produce measured results within 1% or less of a seasoned ENTS researcher. Seasoned ENTS researchers can measure a tree from the ground to within inches of a direct tape drop. This process takes but a few minutes for most trees.


Other Publications: 

There are also a number of other documents that have been written by NTS members that are available for downloads from this or other websites:

  1. The Really, Really Basics of Laser Rangefinder/Clinometer Tree Height Measurements  by Edward Frank
  2. Pockets Full of Forest by Edward Frank - A guide to finding small pockets of old forest in the landscape.
  3. Multitrunk Trees, Woody Vines, and Other Forms by Edward Frank - a classification scheme for multitrunk forms
  4. On Defining a Forest Aesthetic by Edward Frank -  web document
  5. Tsuga Search Project by Will Blozan - assorted posts
  6. Bookstore Listings (needs to be updated)


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