This chapter defines venerable trees through the introduction of two ancient trees, one at a temple in Indonesia and one in a graveyard in Kentucky. Venerable trees are defined as old or otherwise significant trees to which people have reverential and emotional connections. The chapter describes the author’s long-term personal connection to trees and his realization of the importance of conserving ancient trees. The unusual ancient trees of the Kentucky Bluegrass and Nashville Basin are introduced and a rationale provided for their conservation. Ancient trees that were here before the first permanent habitation in 1779 are still in our landscape but are fast disappearing.
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