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Venerable TreesHistory, Biology, and Conservation in the Bluegrass$
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Tom Kimmerer

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9780813165660

Published to Kentucky Scholarship Online: January 2017

DOI: 10.5810/kentucky/9780813165660.001.0001

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Two Trees

Two Trees

(p.1) Introduction Two Trees
Venerable Trees

Tom Kimmerer

University Press of Kentucky

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.

Keywords:   trees, bodhi tree, bur oak, Bluegrass, Nashville Basin, forest conservation

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