This site is devoted to trees. Among naturalists, biologists, environmentalists, and others trees get lots of lip service but mighty little respect. Everybody admits to liking trees, but few bother to really learn much about them -- and true respect demands a reasonable level of knowledge. Why is this? Maybe because botanically inclined people spend most of their field time looking down, while to see trees you have to look up. A sniff of wildflowers takes just a quick crouch, but to inhale the spirits of a tall forest tree you are going to have to climb and shimmy, and most of us are decidedly not up to that. Maybe it's because trees are so big, and so much of their interesting parts and activities are found beyond our reach, way up there in those crowns. Or perhaps it is simply because our own faulty anatomy has dictated weak little necks that start to hurt almost immediately we turn our heads up to see what that little bird is finding in that oversized tree. As they say -- whatever. But my years of chasing down firs, sticking pins in pine shoots, putting bags on acacias and larches, and snipping off foliage of potential hybrid pines persuades me that getting the average nature freak to learn something authentic about a tree is simply much harder than doing so with the world's minor plants.
Therefore I offer this site to focus on trees in a way that departs from my many years of teaching university forestry students. This will be a personal approach. I will post on it information about my tree books -- there are six so far-- and I'll offer them for sale. If space permits, I'll also offer for sale books from my collection and duplicates. And I may also offer old prints of trees: lithographs, etchings, engravings, etc., distinctive enough to warrant hanging in your office or den.
Finally, I will publish commentary about trees that reflect my opinions, theories, and crotchets, including abstracts of recent articles I have written. These will appear on the DISCUSSION page.If you wish to make comments to me, email at