I started off as a hiker in Southwest Virginia, primarily on the Appalachian Trail. And then, slowly but surely, I developed a love for trees. I am particularly fond of the American Chestnut and the Virginia Round-leaf Birch.

I am currently a member of the American Chestnut Foundation ( which is spearheading a number of efforts to return the American Chestnut to its former glory in the Appalachian forests. I continue my love for the outdoors and I maintain at blog at

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