EXPLANATION OF THE DEATH: Winter 2009-10 was very cold at our Waynesville area plantings (temperatures near 0 degrees F for extended time, and a lot of snow). Lee Barnes checked up on the trees in early January 2010 and found all healthy except for the two trees that were weakest when planted. This seedling, "Paul S. Martin," was, as Lee puts it "the runt" of the potted seedlings we purchased from the nursery for planting in July 2008. The photo of the apparently dead seedling, above, was taken by Lee, and he writes:
Paul S. Martin Tree
Evans Property, Waynesville, North Carolina, July 2008
"Paul" (#14), shown by Michael Dowd, 7/31/08.
January 2010, appears to be DEAD.
(photo by Lee Barnes)
September 23, 2010: confirmed DEAD.
(photo by Connie Barlow)
"The dead plant was the runt of the plantings and has looked pretty weak since the planting. It might resprout from the base in the spring, but I doubt it. I'll look closer at it next time I'm up there. The other weak plant was the second smallest transplant; it does have green needles at the base and I do expect it to leaf-out in the spring. Both of the plants were in the sunnier location."
(All the other seedlings were doing well at the site, despite unusually cold weather): "My friends at Grass Roots nursery near Junaluska measured lows of 0 degrees F. but I don't think it was quite as cold at Lake Junaluska. I measured 9 degrees F. as a low on the porch at my house in Waynesville. By the way, Lake Junaluska is mostly frozen over, I think I've only seen that 2-3 times in the last 30 years."
The real Paul S. Martin, emeritus professor of geosciences at the University of Arizona (Tucson), had been in decline during that time too. He died at the age of 80 at his home in Tucson on September 13, 2010. Torreya Guardians likely would not have been established absent Paul's "deep-time" and "rewilding" influence on Connie Barlow. See their joint 2004 paper titled, "Bring Torreya taxifolia North Now". Connie Barlow has also posted a EULOGY for Paul.
"To behold the Grand Canyon without thoughts
of its ancient sloths, goats, and condors is to be half-blind."
Paul S. Martin (1928-2010)
"The Last Entire Earth" (1992)
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