Treeblogging.com welcomes submissions of noncommercial tree- and forest-related links from across the web, with a primary focus on blogs and new content (though we do consider other types of articles and online media, and some older links are fine if they’re new to us). Formerly the Festival of the Trees, a monthly blog carnival that ran from 2006 to 2011, now it’s a community aggregator site for people who love trees.

How to Participate

Submitting a link for consideration is as easy as filling out a form on our Submit page. But just to clarify: we do not post original material here, just links. If you have something you’d like us to feature, please post it on your own blog or website and send us the link. If you don’t have a blog, you can sign up for a free one on Posterous or Tumblr in minutes, or take a bit longer to learn your way around a new Blogger or WordPress.com blog.

Remember to copy the entire permalink URL for the article you want to share. (Need help with URLs and permalinks? Try this article by Melanie Nelson: “What is a permalink and why do I need it?”)

So… what are trees?

Trees Defined

Peter Thomas uses the following botanical definition of a tree in his book, Trees: Their Natural History: “…a tree is any plant with a self-supporting, perennial woody stem.”

Thomas further distinguishes between trees and shrubs:

To horticulturalists, a ‘tree’ is defined as having a single stem more than 6 m tall, which branches some distance above the ground, whereas a shrub has multiple stems from the ground and is less than 6 m tall. [… In Trees: Their Natural History], shrubs are thought of as being just small trees since they work in exactly the same way as their bigger neighbours.

While most trees grow predictably larger than 3-6 meters, we consider many tree-relatives to be fair game, including banana “pseudo-trees,” stunted subalpine Krummholz, human-manicured bonsai, and other tree-like vegetation.

What we’re looking for

We’re interested in everything from the serious and scientific to the witty and poetic — and everything in between. We invite you to share not only your own online tree-creations, but also any tree-related materials created by others that might have discovered in your rambles through the web.

Two things we are not interested in: commercial sites and pages on Facebook. While we do have a Facebook page ourselves, this site is very much committed to the preservation and promotion of the open web. Social networks are great, but they’re no substitute for original content in non-corporate-controlled spaces.

Not a writer? No worries: how about a tree-related video on YouTube, or a well-captioned photo gallery on Flickr or Picasa?

Examples of the sort of content we’re interested in linking to:

  • original photos or artwork featuring trees
  • original essays, stories or poems about trees
  • audio and video of trees
  • news items about trees (especially the interesting and the off-beat)
  • philosophical and religious perspectives on trees and forests
  • scientific and conservation-minded perspectives on trees and forests
  • kids’ drawings of trees
  • tree music
  • dreams about trees
  • trees’ dreams about us
  • people who hug trees or live in trees
  • people who make things out of trees and wood
  • big trees or small trees
  • country trees or city trees
  • orchards or forests
  • weird or unusual trees
  • sexy trees or scary trees
  • tree houses or tree temples
  • tree bounties (blossoms, fruits, roots, nuts, bark, sap, leaves, etc.)
  • animals that live in, pollinate, or otherwise depend on trees
  • lichens, fungi or bacteria that parasitize or live in mutualistic relationships with trees
  • relationships between forests and cultures
  • your favorite trees
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