May 6th Program:
MGF Monthly Educational Meeting
in partnership with the City of Vancouver Urban Forestry
SPECIAL TIME AND LOCATION
Water Resources Center
Bruce E Hagensen Community Room
4600 SE Columbia Way, Vancouver WA
"Ascending the Giants"
presented by Brian French
FREE to the public and members. No registration required.
Brian French, certified arborist/tree risk assessor, has worked with top-notch researchers of our time here in the US and abroad. He is the Oregon State Coordinator for the Champion Tree Registry and Co-founder of a “Big Tree” advocacy non-profit group called Ascending the Giants. Brian climbs and documents the largest trees of many species then shares the information with the public as a non-confrontational approach to better tree awareness and protection. Because of his love of trees and his passion to conserve them, he spends a lot of his on Ascending the Giants. His respect for the environment has helped shape one of the project’s primary objectives of preserving the integrity of these majestic giants and sharing the knowledge gained from the experience. He wants to encourage gardeners to look up and appreciate old trees in the landscape. “We look at old trees as something important. When trees are 300 to 400 years old, we imagine what the world must have looked like then. They are the evidence of where we came from,” French said.
A journey to the tops of the tallest trees, Ascending the Giants measures and documents the largest trees of each species in Oregon and Washington. These trees demonstrate the pinnacle of what a tree species can be; they are called “champion trees”. The focus of Brian’s presentation will be showcasing these Ascending the Giants specimen trees, as well as large trees within our community and mature trees in our landscapes. The awards winning adventure film “Treeverse” will also be shown. The film shows a trek through an old-growth Oregon white oak forest, as Ascending the Giants founding members travel an unprecedented distance by tree canopy traversing.
This event is co-sponsored by the Master Gardener Foundation of Clark County and the City of Vancouver Urban Forestry.
The Urban Forestry program, celebrating 25 years as a Tree City USA, serves to maximize the aesthetic, environmental and economic benefits that trees provide to city residents and visitors through preserving, managing and enhancing existing trees and other vegetation and promoting the reforestation of the urban area.
The Master Gardener Foundation of Clark County is dedicated to promoting research-based horticultural practices at the 78th Street Heritage Farm and other venues across Clark County through education, consultative programs and experiences which preserve or enhance our environment.