Parade magazine recently featured an interview with Davey's RJ Laverne about American Forests' National Register of Big Trees. As the sponsor of the NRBT for 25 years, Davey employees recognize the link between honoring the largest trees of their species and caring for the trees in their customers' backyards.
Posted: Jan. 17, 2:30 p.m.
By Julie Bawden-Davis
Trees are among the few living things on Earth that can grow unchecked. Under ideal conditions, some trees grow so massive that they set awe-inspiring records, stretching hundreds of feet into the air and swelling to massive circumferences.
To recognize and protect the nation’s biggest trees, the conservation organization American Forests has maintained the National Register of Big Trees since 1940. Dedicated to restoring and protecting urban and rural forests, American Forests annually honors trees that meet certain size requirements, designating them “champion trees.”
The makings of a big tree
“If a tree experiences no limitations like insufficient water, nutrients, or sunlight, and avoids getting hit by pests or lightning, it will keep growing at an ever-increasing rate,” says R.J. Laverne, a board-certified master arborist at The Davey Tree Expert Company, which has sponsored the National Big Tree Program for 25 years.
Read the rest of the story on Parade's web site.