Clippings from ISU Extension
Witness Trees Rooted in History
May 21, 2020
by Pat Kosters, Iowa Master Gardener
As I walked the beautiful Rock Valley Trails this spring, I passed the huge ancient elm dubbed 'Old Tree' by regular trail walkers. I thought, "If this tree could talk, what stories would it tell?" Perhaps Old Tree would tell of indigenous Sioux or Dakota Indians who hunted, fished or camped beneath its massive canopy. If this could be documented, it might become a Witness Tree.
What is a Witness Tree? Across the United States there are hundreds of trees that were alive during great events in American history. We have creditable evidence that some of the...