In a new book, author and lecturer Nancy Ross Hugo, Virginia Tech Department of Forestry extension specialist and professor Jeff Kirwan and photographer Robert Llewellyn beautifully document the oldest, tallest, most historic and best-loved trees in the Commonwealth.
From the Introduction
Trees aren’t the only things that sometimes get bigger than you thought they would. When Jeff Kirwan and I launched the Remarkable Trees of Virginia Project in 2004, we conceived of a book that would celebrate some of Virginia’s finest trees and a website through which people could nominate their favorite trees. Neither of us had any idea we would be sorting through over 1,000 tree nominations and traveling over 20,000 miles to see trees. (Jeff actually walked 300 miles, all the way across the state, to fulfill a lifelong dream and to experience trees and their habitats up close.) Our travels involved almost as many trips to visit trees we decided not to feature as to trees we decided to feature, but no trip seemed unproductive, because for Jeff and me, any day spent among trees is a good day…
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"Remarkable Trees of Virginia," University of Virginia Press, Charlottesville, VA