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Venerable Trees: History, Biology, and Conservation in the Bluegrass

Tom Kimmerer

Abstract

When the Bluegrass region of Kentucky was settled, early farmers found natural woodland pastures of open-grown trees shading grass and cane. The same trees that shaded the natural pastures remain with us today, many of them between three hundred and five hundred years old. The horse and livestock farms that make the Bluegrass famous are shaded by these ancient trees; some woodland pastures cover hundreds of acres. There are still many old trees in urban areas, parks, and backyards, remnants of woodland pastures. Natural woodland pastures are extremely rare, found only in the Bluegrass and Nash ... More

Keywords: trees, forest conservation, urban forestry, forest biology, conservation biology

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2015 Print ISBN-13: 9780813165660
Published to University Press Scholarship Online: January 2017 DOI:10.5810/kentucky/9780813165660.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Tom Kimmerer, author
Venerable Trees, Inc