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Michigan's Historical Trees PDF Print E-mail
Written by Dawn   
Tuesday, 21 April 2009 09:46

I am in the process of nominating a tree for historical importance and I thought it would be a good topic to post.  Read the article here, or below:

The tree I am nominating now is a lovely Black Walnut Tree on a property in Livonia.  The tree is thought to have been growing before or soon after when the house was built in 1840.  A civil war veteran lived here with his family and likely enjoyed this tree.  The home is located in Livonia, MI.  It is being restored and becoming green in the process.  Green Building Services of Michigan is doing the restoration.  They have a newspaper article posted on their site regarding their company and this home.

Michigan's Famous and Historical Trees Sought as Part of National Effort

Church Beeches by SimondsThe Michigan Forest Association, in conjunction with the Michigan Forestry and Parks Association and the Michigan Department of Natural Resources (DNR), is searching for famous and historical trees in Michigan. As part of a nationwide effort to locate and document these trees, the association plans to update its book "Michigan's Famous and Historic Trees" - last published in 1976.

"Many trees, due to their long life, are considered silent witnesses to history," said Lynne Boyd, chief of the DNR's Forest, Minerals and Fire Management Division. "Many of Michigan's famous trees have been lost to old age, storms or disease including the Old Council Tree in Emmet County, where chiefs of the local tribes held council."

"Recording and preserving these wonderful living recorders of history is part of our culture and is important part of the heritage of Michigan," said Kevin Sayers, coordinator of the DNR's Urban and Community Forestry Program.


The categories of famous and historic trees that the Michigan Forest Association has adopted as established criteria for selection are as follows:


  • Trees associated with notable people.
  • Trees associated with the development of the nation.
  • Trees associated with eminent educators and educational institutions.
  • Trees associated with art and artists, literature and writers, law, music, science and the cultural life of the state.
  • Trees associated with churches and religion.
  • Trees associated with early forestry and conservation.
  • Trees with distinctive scenic and aesthetic associations.
  • Trees historic or famous because of unusual size or age. Most trees in this category will already be on record in The American Forestry Association's Social Register of Big Trees. The Michigan Botanical Club administers a similar program in Michigan. Visit: Michigan Botanical Club - Big Trees Project.
  • Trees that have gained prominence due to unusual form or botanical characteristics.

Trees such as the James Oliver Curwood tree in Owosso, Dr. Dorsch's Gingko in Monroe, the Republican Oaks in Jackson, and Hudson Motor Car Pine are all examples of Michigan's famous or historic trees.

Anyone wishing to nominate a tree for recognition should provide the following information:

  • Trees species (if known)
  • Exact location
  • Reason for historical significance
  • Present landowner (if known)
  • Photos (if available)
  • Contact information

Nominations may be submitted via e-mail to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or by writing to the Michigan Forest Association at 6120 South Clinton Trail, Eaton Rapids, MI 48827.

Global Releaf of Michigan PDF Print E-mail
Written by Dawn   
Wednesday, 11 February 2009 22:17

Global Releaf of Michigan is a great tree planting organization!

Global Releaf of Michigan
"We don't inherit this land from our parents, we borrow it from our children."  - Anonymous

21st Annual Tree & Shrub Fundraiser 

Order By April 11, 2011

Tree pick up on Saturday, April 30, 2011.

Please help support Global ReLeaf of Michigan’s pursuit to “replant Michigan one tree at a time,” by purchasing our bare-root trees and shrubs. Our trees and shrubs are especially selected for their ability to prosper in rural and urban settings. Funds raised through our yearly tree sale and your generous donations support future community tree plantings throughout the state.

The Arbor Day Foundation PDF Print E-mail
Written by Dawn   
Sunday, 22 February 2009 19:23

The Arbor Day Foundation "We inspire people to plant, nurture, and celebrate trees."...  "We envision a world where trees and forests are abundant, healthy, and sustainable, and highly valued by all people."  Visit The Arbor Day Foundation to learn more!

  "Our National Forests are National Treasures."  Learn about Arbor Day's initiative:
Replanting America's National Forests

Replanting our National Forests

"From coast to coast, they are more than our national forests. They are national treasures. They thrill us with towering majesty and inspire us with breathtaking beauty.  They provide wood for our homes, habitat for wildlife, clean air, and drinking water for millions of us.  Our forests are our future. And you can help protect them…one tree at a time."
See What Arbor Day is doing for Michigan!

Sierra Club and Audubon PDF Print E-mail

The Sierra Club.  Here is the link to Sierra Club of Michigan

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The Sierra Club Michigan Chapter is your statewide voice for the nation's oldest, largest and most influential grassroots environmental organization.  Our members are some 20,000 of your Michigan friends and neighbors. Inspired by nature, we work together to protect our communities and the planet. 



The Audubon Society.  Here is the link to the Detroit Audubon Society, Michigan Chapter.  Learn how to participate in the Backyard Bird Count

Audubon LogoAudubon's mission is to conserve and restore natural ecosystems, focusing on birds, other wildlife, and their habitats for the benefit of humanity and the earth's biological diversity.

Our national network of community-based nature centers and chapters, scientific and educational programs, and advocacy on behalf of areas sustaining important bird populations, engage millions of people of all ages and backgrounds in positive conservation experiences.