Great American Tree Winners Announced

Over a thousand votes and the final decision from an all star urban forestry panel concludes our national search. The American Grove team is honored to introduce…

The Pentz Sweet Pecan as 2017's Great American Tree!

This charming softshell hickory was nominated by William David Smith for the astounding range at which it provides shade,unmistakably strong branches, and the nutty snack it produces. A tree that has become a prominent member of the Pentz family is an ideal summer tree worthy of this year's title. 

Second place has been awarded to The Bigleaf Magnolia, Magnolia macrophylla. Our winning Champion Tree resides in the forest within the city: Decatur, Georgia. This tree can be found in Woodlands Gardens where it is well loved by all visitors; we dare you to try to pass this tree without giving it a hug! The fallen leaves of this tree are constructed into fairy wings for children who attend the Woodlands' 'Fairies in the Garden' event. A Great American Tree is one that brings communities together, such as this one. Its broad leaves fit together perfectly to create an umbrella canopy that provides much needed relief on hot summer days.

Our third place goes to another Tennessee tree, a white oak captured as the sun peaks behind its branches. Vibrant hues of yellow, blue, and green across the landscape evoke a feeling of pure tranquility. As I admire this photo, I can not help but reminisce on serene memories of warm summer nights enjoyed with good friends and even better scenery. The peaceful aura of this tree reminds us to take a well deserved break, breathe fresh air, and enjoy the gentle caress of sunshine on our faces.

Although we could only have 3 winning trees, we are thankful for all members who entered our Great American Tree competition. There were 30 beautiful entries and each one deserves national recognition for its might, height, and charisma. The American Grove team is appreciative of the support of all our members from around the nation, and enjoyed viewing of some of the beautiful species that fill our nations diverse canopy. To view more photos of our winners (and nominees) visit our Great American Tree Tab.


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  • Thursday, Sept 28 at noon (Eastern) Charlie Schweik, PhD, University of Massachusetts, will discuss UAS's ("Drones") and their impacts on Urban Forestry. If you are interested in the influence and implementation of technology in the arboriculture field this is not a webcast you want to miss!

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  • Join the Forest Health team on Oct 4, 1:00 pm US/Eastern as they spend an hour on this weeks topic plaguing the health of our nation's forest. This webinar will discuss the biology, ecology, and management of the native fall cankerworm. Management strategies in the urban and rural environment will be covered.

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  • Join me for lunch this Thursday @ 12 (central-standard time) by tuning into this month's webinar. The topic of discussion will be The Status of Our Urban and Community Forests: Municipal Forestry Baseline, Trends, and Dashboard. Dr. Richard Hauer, from the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point, will communicate recent findings that illustrate changes in urban forestry over the past 40 years. I am looking forward to learning about an upcoming project involving an interactive evaluation of municipal forestry programs. 

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  • The Sustainable Urban Forest: A Step-by-Step Approach

    Michael Leff will lead Penn State's Community Forestry Management Monthly Webinar Series to discuss a handbook to a successful urban forest. This webinar will serve as an orientation to this guide designed to help urban forest managers assess the state of their urban forest, identify issues and opportunities, and chart a path toward long-term sustainability.

    TOMORROW: August 15, 2017, 12 PM – 1 PM (Eastern Time)

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  • Join Chris Peiffer, Director of Urban Forestry Consulting Services, Plan-It Geo, LLC on Tuesday July 25th to learn about relavent assessment tools, plans, and technology available to improve tree inventory of your local forest. This one hour webinar will begin at noon (eastern time) and is free to all tree enthusiast. Register here.

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  • Thursday July 20 at noon (Eastern) Janusz Zwiazek, PhD, Professor and Tree Physiologist, University of Alberta, will discuss “Tree Growth & Response in a Changing Climate” on our next 'Urban Forestry Today' webcast. Viewing is free and always entertaining! Access US Forestry Today for more info

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  • Citizen Science and Open Data  in Urban ForestryOpportunities and Challenges
    Wednesday, June 14, 2017 | 1:00 - 2:15pm ET
    National Urban Forest & Science Delivery Team discuss theories and policy of urban forestry while providing  promoting the strength of urban communities. 
  • i-Tree Webinar with Dr. David Nowak, USDA Forest Service, on "i-Tree: the State of the Science"

    Wednesday, May 24, 2017 | 1:00 - 2:00 p.m. (Eastern)

    This month, please join Dr. Nowak, as he discusses the science that is powering i-Tree, and looks at the planned future features of scientific research that i-Tree will offer to users.

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  • Sustainable City Network upcoming webinar, The End of Tree Plague, will take place July 7th & 8th 10 am PDT . This 4-hour 2-day course discusses prevention and removal techniques on the invasive tree pests. Tickets for this online training course can be purchased here.

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  • GreenBlue Urban podcasts explore the effect of stormwater on urban environments with the help of renown guest speakers. This most recent episode can be accessed here.

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