What is a Witness Tree?

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The name of our company is taken from the original public land surveys performed in the early 1800's to map the land for European settlement. The corners of every section and quarter section were marked either by a post in a mound of charcoal in the prairies or by blazes on witness trees in woodland areas.

Ecologists use the witness tree information in the public land surveys to help describe the pre-European American landscape. These witness trees stood sentinel over the landscape as European settlers used the land's resources to build the communities we live in today.

It is our vision the the witness trees of today will observe the reconnection of people with the natural world and a rediscovery of the value of the native landscape.