Tree Huggers Gallery


Ian, Grand Canyon (north rim)

Ian and Anna Rashkin, Grand Canyon (north rim)

Sarina Lambert
"In my opinion, there is nothing as cuddly as a juniper."

Michael Kirk
Pomona College, January 2012

From: James McEvoy, Australia
Sent: Aug 3, 2005
Subject: Me and my mates hugging trees
Here are some pictures of me (James) and my friends Bronte and Ryan. I can't wait to see them on your site. Keep up the good work mate.

From: Gwen Burke
Sent: Sunday, May 08, 2005
Subject: Tree Hugging Me
I went to your site and love the pictures. I saw your address so I thought I'd send one of my favorite pictures of myself hugging my favorite tree. Feel free to use it on your site.


Here's a picture of me hugging 'Big Betty' which is amongst the top ten biggest Douglas fir trees on the planet. (33 ft. cbh) I discovered 'Big Betty' in the Walbran Valley on Vancouver Island BC, while supporting the 'Women in the Woods' 2003 blockade of the American Logging Giant, Weyerhaeuser. The tree is named after Betty Krawczyk, who spent 10 months in prison for her participation in that blockade. 'Big Betty' is situated in an area proposed for logging by Weyerhaeuser. We want Weyerhaeuser to just Fuck Off and die! They do what giant USA corporations do outside of their borders, -invade, occupy and massacre!

Cheers, Ingmar Lee

Tu Bishvat - The tasting of the tree

Seattle, Feb. 8, 2004 - I went to a celebration for a Jewish holiday I had never heard of, Tu Bishvat. On the way over with daughter-in-law Laura and baby Anna, we read about it: There are four new years on the Jewish calendar. This is the new year for trees.

We joined a group at a community center at Sand Point for a little singing about trees, then met up with some people from Audubon Society who were supervising the introduction of native species in the park. We followed Alison and Emma (left) as they planted their tree. The Audubon lady told us what it was, but I forgot. Alison? Something to do with sea waves. Birds like it.

Hello friend,

I saw your "treehuggers" site and thought that I would send you a pic. If you could post it, that would be great. I am a big time treelover/activist and I really like your site. great idea and great information!!

keep up the good work!! peace to you,

Jan 04

Elissa Rashkin at Anza Borrego

Send me your photos of people hugging trees and I’ll put them up here for the world to see. Celebrate the trees!

Memoirs of a tree hugger

For a couple of months before I retired, I worked with Chester. I was his PEO. He was my CO. I say we became friends. He might disagree. Chester’s an NRA mucky-muck, a hunter and shooter. One time I was talking about “people like us,” and he said “Peter, you and I are nothing alike!” He lives with one foot in the old west, where a man’s only friend is his old forty-four. But instead of telling me to get out and check my equipment, he would tell me to hurry back from my round so we could continue the conversation.

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He used to call me a “tree hugging nature nazi,” and I always got a kick out of it. I didn’t take it as a put-down, but as a term of recognition, perhaps laced with affection.

One day I asked him: “Chester, tell me the truth. You’ve spent a bit of time up in the high country of the west. Can you honestly tell me that you never hugged a tree? Even one of those beautiful big old Ponderosa pines that smell so sweetly of vanilla? Never?”

He thought for a minute; I knew he knew what I meant. “Well,” he admitted, “I once fondled a Bristlecone pine.”

THAT CONVERSATION came back to me as I was hiking recently on Mt. San Bernardino in the San Gorgonio Wilderness Area. This is in the highest of the three great ranges that pretty much ring the Greater Los Angeles megacity. The big old trees of the high country are something special. When I am in their presence, when I walk among them, I feel connected to the earth.

“You’ve seen one tree, you’ve seen them all” is a particularly inane comment attributed to Ronald Reagan. To cut these old giants for pulp or lumber is a terrible waste of an irreplaceable resource.

Most of the world’s old growth forest has been destroyed in this century. We should stop now so our children and their children will be able to walk in the wild old forest.

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