Aerial photo

Losing woodland pastures

The Lexington Herald-Leader published this aerial photograph of the future Fayette Mall in 1967. The photo clearly shows and extensive woodland pasture, with a mix of large, old trees and smaller hedgerow trees. Today, only a single tree, the Tiverton Oak, remains of this woodland pasture. Fayette County has lost a tremendous number of trees […]

Field Course – Ancient Trees of Fayette County

Fayette County, Saturday October 1, 9am-12pm.  This course will focus on urban remnants of the original woodland pastures of the Bluegrass. We will begin at Veteran’s Park, a fascinating mix of very old woodland pasture trees and woodlands that have since become established.  Our walk will include the famous Veteran’s Oak, and we will examine the […]

Great Trees of Jessamine County

  Jessamine County is one of the fastest-growing counties in Kentucky. A bedroom community for Lexington, it is also increasingly a center for business and manufacturing. In spite of this growth, much of Jessamine County retains its rural flavor. Some of the finest woodland pastures in the Bluegrass can be found in northern Jessamine County. […]

Bur oak, 72" diameter, with Jim Pikull

Young Woodland Pastures

Those who have read my book or heard my presentations know that one of our major concerns about the future of our rare and ancient woodland pastures is the failure of trees to reproduce. With trees succumbing to age, lightning and poor management, the population of ancient trees is declining. While we are constantly on […]

Woodland Pastures of Pisgah

Saturday, December 12, 9am to noon. Chandler Farm, Pisgah Pike, Woodford County. The Pisgah neighborhood of Woodford County, Kentucky, has some of the finest woodland pastures in existence.  Students in this course will learn to identify venerable tree species; discuss the biology of very old trees, including the role of wood decay; and examine opportunities for […]

The Conservation Work of Venerable Trees

Venerable Trees, Inc., is focusing our efforts on a few high-priority geographic areas and four high-priority tasks: Woodford County with the greatest extent of original woodland pastures; Bourbon County with several areas where woodland pasture species are regenerating; Jessamine County with woodland pastures threatened by development; See more about each county on our Counties page. We hope […]

Clark County Wood Pastures

Woodland Pastures of Clark County

Clark County Kentucky is in the Inner and Outer Bluegrass (map). The Outer Bluegrass farms are on steeper hills than in the Inner Bluegrass and are primarily cattle farms. There are extensive and thriving woodland pastures on many of these farms. However, there is little natural reproduction of the ancient trees. The woodland pastures of Clark […]