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Famous Trees

Below is a sample of some of the country’s most famous trees. Feel free to highlight others in the comments section.


Tuscumbia – Helen Keller Water Oak

This tree, located at Ivy Green, the Kellers’ home, is reported to have been a favorite of Helen Keller. With her teacher Anne Sullivan, Keller spent time exploring and climbing trees.


Dardanelle – Council Oak

This tree is on the site believed to be where a major treaty between the Cherokee Nation and the Territory of Arkansas was signed in June 1823. Click here to see the tree.


Longwood – The Senator

Big Tree Park is the home of the Senator, the country’s largest bald cypress tree that stands at 125 feet with a trunk diameter of 17.5 feet. The Senator is approximately 3,400 to 3,500 years old. Click here to see the tree.


Athens – The Tree That Owns Itself

The famous "Tree that Owns Itself" is a white oak that was granted a plot of land eight feet in radius by its owner William H. Jackson. Although the original tree was damaged in a windstorm in 1942, residents of Athens replanted the tree we see today. Click here to see the tree.

Thomasville – The Big Oak

The 326-year-old oak tree is located in the historic town of Thomasville, Ga. The grand tree has a 24-foot circumference and is so impressive that President Dwight D. Eisenhower had his photo taken with it. Click here to see the tree.


Hodgenville – Lincoln Overcup Oak

This tree is located at Sinking Spring Farm, the log cabin where Abraham Lincoln was born. The family left the farm two years later over a land patent dispute. Click here to see the tree.


Lewisburg – Seven Sisters Oak

The 500-year-old tree was named by Carole Hendry Doby, one of seven sisters, due to its seven sets of branches leading away from the center trunk. Even after taking a direct hit by Hurricane Katrina in 2005, the tree still remains the largest live oak in Louisiana. Click here to see the tree.


Scott County – Champion Tree

Mississippi’s tallest champion tree is a spruce pine that comes in at 156 feet tall.

North Carolina

Cataloochee Valley – Boogerman Pine

Located near eastern end of Boogerman Loop Trail in Cataloochee Valley, a section of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, is the Boogerman Pine. The tree, an Eastern white pine, is 188.8 feet tall and is the tallest accurately measured pine tree in North America east of the Rocky Mountains. Click here to see the tree.


The more than 100-year-old tree, an American elm, survived the bombing at the Murrah Building in 1995, despite being heavily damaged. Hundreds of seeds from the Survivor Tree are planted annually and the resulting saplings are distributed each year on the anniversary of the bombing. Click here to see more photos of the tree.

South Carolina

John’s Island – Angel Oak

Angel Oak, a Southern live oak on John’s Island outside of Charleston, is estimated at 1,500 years of age and is among the oldest living things east of the Mississippi River. The tree has a diameter of spread reaching 160 feet, a circumference of nearly 25 feet and covers 17,100 square feet of ground. Click here to see the tree.


Jackson – Daniel Boone Beech

The tree bears the signatures of Daniel Boone and his friends from a hunting party in 1776 during early Tennessee settlement. Click here to see the tree.


Austin – Treaty Oak

Believed to be more than 500 years old, the tree is the only survivor of a group of live oaks known as the “Council Oaks,” under which Stephen F. Austin is reputed to have signed the first boundary agreement between the Native Americans and the white settlers. An imaginary line running north and south through the heart of this group of oaks divided the territory and remained inviolate for years. Click here to see the tree.

Rockport – The Big Tree

The Big Tree, a live oak in Goose Island State Park believed to be more than 1,000 years old, is the oldest tree in Texas and one of the largest in the country. The tree has been featured in a “Ripley’s Believe It or Not” cartoon. Click here to see the tree.


Hampton Emancipation Oak

Now located on the campus of Hampton University, Emancipation Oak was the site of classes for the children of free slaves and former slaves by Mary Smith Peake in 1861. Click here to see the tree.

[Photo credit: Oklahoma City National Memorial]

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The Grove in the News

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The Challenge for Change!

Thanks Grove for this creative contest. I was thinking about what impact I can make in my community. Grove, you came up with the perfect solution !

I am a heavy recycler. I currently recycle my plastic, aluminum and paper on a weekly basis. I cringe when I see a recyclable thrown away. I will continue to do so. I will explain to others on how they can help to reduce waste in landfills and in our waterways by recycling.

I love , love , love trees. I had plans to plant two trees in my backyard. Now, I can add three more to that number. Hey, trees not only alot of shade, but, it can also help to reduce your electric cooling costs. As a Floridian, I need to conserve as much electric as possible especially during the summer months. I will definitely open up the good ole checkbook to my Local forestry council. They're on the forefront of improving sustainability of the forest system. Let's continue to help them in protecting and the maintaining our local forests.

We as individuals cannot do it alone. We need the help of many. So, I am encouraging my friends, family and co-workers to take on this challenge. I want them to understand there really is a link to consumerism and conservation. You can choose in your daily actions to make a positive impact . What better way to to inspire change and make a difference .

Lastly, I challenge each Grove Member to take the challenge. Let's do this! Remember it's about your future and your legacy.

Angie Jones-Hamilton

Mrs. Jacksonville Forestry Queen

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Join The Grove Challenge

We’ve discussed green activities like planting trees on The Grove, but we want to make sure all of us are doing things offline to match with what we’re talking about online. Let’s put our competitive spirits to good use to affect change in our local communities.

The goal:

Become more involved in strengthening urban forests and improving our communities by participating in activities listed in The Grove Challenge.

The challenge:

  • Plant five trees in 2010 and post photos of the plantings in your Grove photo album
  • Participate in three local urban forestry events (if your state offers them)
  • Donate $25 to your local forestry council
  • Recycle 150 aluminum cans, plastic bottles and glass bottles

The reward:

Shouldn’t helping the environment and your community be its own reward? If not, the first five verified individuals (no cheating) who reach all the goals will win free Grove merchandise.

How it works:

You’ll see the Impact Challenge application now included within The Grove community – you can get to it by clicking on the “Extras” tab on the top tool bar. This app keeps track of your progress throughout 2010 so make sure to update it along the way. We will highlight members in the blog throughout the year who are close to meeting the mark, and we’ll also keep tabs on which states are doing the best.

Let the challenge begin!

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Mrs. Jacksonville Forestry Queen

I am glad to have joined the Grove. As a part of my platform, I am committed to educating my community about the importance of our forests through conservation and preservation . It is important to save our trees to vitally protect our enviroment from further destruction from wildfires, arson and waste. As community leaders, we must be good stewards of our resources and use them wisely to ensure the trees survive for the future generations.
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Five Ways to Celebrate National Arbor Day

To celebrate National Arbor Day on April 30, you and your family can:

1. Plant a tree. Whether at your home, school, office or place of worship, planting a tree is one of the best ways to commemorate the day. Create a scrapbook of the day’s event by posting a picture of the tree in your Grove photo album.

2. Organize a beautification project in a public space in your community. Almost every community has outdoor area with potential that could use some TLC this spring.

3. Enjoy the outdoors. Visit a local park, take a nature hike, have a picnic or play in the backyard to reconnect with nature.

4. Attend a class on tree and plant care. Your local nursery or home improvement retailer may have classes scheduled for the spring. Contact your state’s forestry council to see if it has any activities planned as well.

5. Read a tree-inspired book. When was the last time your family read The Giving Tree, The Swiss Family Robinson or James and the Giant Peach? Use this day to read a book under the shade of a large tree.

For more ideas like these, visit the Arbor Day Foundation Web site.

[Photo credit: Arbor Day Foundation®]

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Welcome to The Grove

Welcome to our community! What started in 2009 as a small Web site encouraging Georgians to plant trees and protect their urban tree canopy has now turned into social networking community for people across the Southeast. Our goal is to become a place where you can find and share information on how to make your neighborhood and community better – one new tree at a time.

We need your help to make The Grove a success. We want you to share your tree planting stories – and tips you’ve learned along the way – with us and other readers. We would love to hear stories about important events in your life that you commemorated by planting trees.

Please post advice on how you incorporated green practices into your lifestyle so we can use them too. We will share with you interesting tidbits from urban forestry experts across the region. Each state has its own group in the community, so make sure you become a member of your state’s group so you can stay up to date on activities happening in your area.

Also, if you have any advice on how we can make The Grove better, please let us know. Thanks for becoming a part of The Grove.

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