Tune in for weekly conversations about our upcoming book, The Great Trees of New Brunswick, Volume 2

Retired New Brunswick forester David Palmer will be speaking on CBC’s Information Morning over the next few weeks to talk about our new edition of the book, The Great Trees of New Brunswick, Volume 2!

Published in 1987 by the Canadian Forestry Association of New Brunswick, the original book set out to capture the beauty and diversity of New Brunswick’s forests.

A couple of years ago, your Conservation Council decided it was high time for Volume 2 of the popular book.  We called on the public to submit their ‘great trees’ of New Brunswick, and 135 nominations later, our team selected 50 trees from across the province to be featured – identifying and categorizing each one.

The original version, however, missed a great deal of New Brunswick’s 32 native species. Volume 2, led by Palmer and the Conservation Council’s Forest Campaign Director, Tracy Glynn, captures each of our province’s beautiful, diverse native tree species.

By tracking down the oldest, largest, and most beautiful native trees that New Brunswick has to offer, the second edition hopes to fill in any missing gaps with a new, updated ‘great trees’ list.

Palmer will be chatting each Thursday with CBC Information Morning host Terry Seguin. Tune in at the following frequencies: 99.5 FM Fredericton; 96.5 FM Doaktown; 90.9 FM Boiestown; 103.3 FM Bon Accord; 95.3 FM Woodstock; 99.5 FM Edmundston, or listen live here.

In one of Palmer’s most recent interviews, one very special tree was the topic of conversation – the elm.

This tree is what dubbed Fredericton as ‘the city of stately elms.’ Palmer said that there is no other tree like it – the original Great Trees even has a picture of an elm on the cover, to signify the trees historical relevance in New Brunswick.

In fact, the first edition of Great Trees nominated every elm tree found in Fredericton – many of which originated from the 1800’s planted by the British garrison.

The original Great Trees of New Brunswick book.

 Four of Fredericton’s remaining great elm trees can be found in Officers’ Square – where they are currently the subject of major controversy in the city. The now-halted plans to cut 19 trees in the green space for development would include two of the cities’ historic elms.

“Two of them are actually – I measured – in the top ten of elm trees in size and stature in the city and they would be in the vicinity of 150 years old or so, which would make them likely candidates for being among those original plantings,” said Palmer, in regards to the four elm trees in Officers’ Square.

The upcoming edition of Great Trees will be released in spring of 2019 – in the meantime, enjoy learning about some of New Brunswick’s most magnificent sentinels for the next few Thursdays on CBC Information Morning Fredericton!

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