In April of 2007 we took over the Holly Farm House and approximately 5 acres (now 10 acres). In 8 years I have transplanted over 500 trees to the property. We have planted thousands of seedling trees. The tree rescuing started as a means of getting trees cheap. Then... some logging happened across the street. I moved into an active program of rescuing trees and planning a wildlife habitat around the farm.
Since the Seattle Times Article....
The day the article came out I had 33,680 hits on this website. This is up from 4 hits a month. My typical activity is uploading & storing family photos and all... this accounts for 4 hits a month. I was nowhere near prepared to deal with the hundreds of emails and tree offers.4 years after the article I still get a few offers a year on trees.
The summer following the newspaper article I received hundreds (350) of new trees (in pots...because it is summer and they are small). That following fall of 2012 I had standing appointments to dig up hundreds of trees people have held off cutting down.
The article has been re-published all over the web. Basically people have re-written the article on what they read in the paper and what they have read on my website. I have been interviewed and had another separate article done in Portugal's National Newspaper "Publico".
Among the offered trees... trees that were memorials, a placenta in the bottom of a Japanese Snow Pine, the Chestnut tree outside of Anne Frank's window that died... I was offered a sapling from that tree... a 40 year old Redwood... There is not much I can do about saving this Redwood. There are offers of trees 20' to 30' tall. As 1 person with little to no equipment, there is nothing I can humanly do to save evergreens larger than 5' and deciduous larger than 14'. Many amazing trees are offered to me but the equipment does not exist in my inventory to dig, move and save them. Even if I am able to save them the nursing time and the watering commitment over the summer is tremendous.
The neighbor down the road purchased the 33 acres adjacent to our property and put it into a trust.
If you are intending to donate a tree please read the size restrictions. Trees over 5' tall really start to kill me. Evergreens over 10' I will rarely take. They are just established at this point of their lives. If it is a great specimen tree then I have to go through a long drawn out process of pruning roots, watering for a summer, transplanting the fall and the tree lives for 1 year in a planter, then it can go into the ground in the following fall.
Thank you for considering the alternative.
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