Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Chapman Forest - Charles County, Old-Growth Forest Network selection

Early Sunday morning I made the long drive to Charles County, MD
to join a group going to Chapman Forest. It will be the perfect forest for the Old-Growth Forest Network. The walk was led by Rod Simmons and these are his notes: "Fifty-four of us from the Maryland Native Plant Society, Virginia Native Plant Society, Botanical Society of Washington, Mattawoman Watershed Society, Arlington Regional Master Naturalists, Alexandria TreeStewards, and others traversed the highland areas from the Glymont area to historic Mount Aventine above the deep ravines and bluffs that comprise the old-age section of Chapman Forest. We saw a remarkable diversity of vegetation, old-age trees, and spectacular scenery throughout, including some interior sections of Shell-Marl Ravine Forest. This section of the park is a fascinating and regionally unique meeting ground for plants with a primary range in the inner piedmont and mountains and those of the southern coastal plain.

We began the walk through both the Chestnut Oak-Mountain Laurel evergreen and mixed oak-deciduous heath types of Oak-Heath Forest (USNVC: CEGL008521 and CEGL006299) on the gravel terrace near Chapman Landing Road, descended in elevation through sections of Mid-Atlantic Mesic Mixed Hardwood Forest (USNVC: CEGL006075), and traversed sections of old-age Shell-Marl Ravine Forest (Basic Mesic Hardwood Forest – USNVC: CEGL006055) that occur in the deep ravines, stream valleys, and rolling hills where calcareous and glauconitic marine sands and marl beds are exposed.

Annual Winter Solstice field trip participants and State Champion Pagoda Oak (Quercus pagoda) atop bluffs above the Potomac River at Chapman Forest, Charles County, Maryland. Photo by R.H. Simmons.

Thursday, December 15, 2011

Salisbury tree planting - Daily Times article

This link is to an article in the Daily Times newspaper about a small project I did with Salisbury University students. The students roamed the city looking for good places to plant additional trees.

Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Chesapeake Forest Champion

 A big "Thank You" to the person who nominated me as a "Forest Champion." It is a mystery to me, but I am very honored.

Thursday, December 1, 2011

On the radio again

These photos are from a beautiful old forest in Montgomery County, MD, that I hope will be in the
Old Growth Forest Network for that county. It's called the Gold Mine Tract.

Two days ago I took a nice forest walk with radio reporter Bryan Russo. The story will air on 88.3 (WRAU) on Friday at noon and again at 8pm. After that it will be available online at
We visited a 14 acre forest in the City of Salisbury that is threatened by plans for a 92 unit townhouse development. The forest has giant oak trees, the tenth largest reported loblolly pine in the state, and Atlantic white cedar trees. It is a little gem surrounded by existing development. I am doing what I can to keep it there.

Saturday, October 22, 2011

A tree has been named for me!

I was so thrilled and honored last week when the cofounder of the Eastern Native Tree Society, Bob Leverett, dedicated a giant old white pine as the "Joan Maloof Pine." The tree is at the William Cullen Bryant homestead forest in western Massachusetts it is 11.5 feet in circumference and over 150 feet tall!. I was in Massachusetts to attend the 7th annual Eastern Native Tree Summit. What a great group of people! Here is more info about that organization, and a link:

The Eastern Native Tree Society (ENTS) is a cyberspace interest group devoted to the documentation and celebration of trees and forests of the eastern North America and around the world, through art, poetry, music, mythology, science, medicine, wood crafts, and collecting research data for a variety of purposes. ENTS is the premiere tree measuring group of the eastern forest. ENTS is a discussion forum for people who view trees and forests not just as a crop to be harvested, but also as something of value in their own right.   Membership is open to anyone with an interest in trees living anywhere in the world.

Friday, October 21, 2011

Article in the Washington Post about the Old-Growth Forest Network

Here is the link to the Article in the Washington Post about the Old-Growth Forest Network

The photos of me are a little "cheese cake" if you know what I mean, but I'm glad the project is getting some press. Looking forward to my talks in DC this week...see the events section for places and dates.

Tuesday, September 27, 2011

500 year Forest Foundation

500 year Forest Foundation is a great organization started by Ted Harris. We met in Richmond, VA, yesterday to discuss the commonalities and differences among our organizations. Commonalities? We need more mature forests! Differences? the Old-Growth Forest Network wants to be sure mature forests are alway accessible to the public. Being in Richmond was a good opportunity to visit some family (the Wolfe clan) and stop in at the Virginia Department of Conservation and Recreation -- where the Old Growth Forest Network idea was well recieved.

Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Old-Growth Forest Network website

Schoolhouse Woods, Wye Wildlife Management Area, Queen Anne's County, MD

The Old-Growth Forest Network now has a website, thanks to intern Jameson Harrington.
Schoolhouse Woods (in photo) will be the perfect forest in the network for Queen Anne's County, MD. This forest is small -- only about 20 acres -- but it is so impressive with its massive trees of many species. This is the forest I wrote about in the first chapter of my book Teaching the Trees. I visited the forest again last week with documentary maker John Fine. He is trying to raise funds to make a documentary on Trees.

Tom Horton's review of 'Among the Ancients'

Review of 'Among the Ancients' by Tom Horton

Tom is such a fabulous writer and I am honored that he wrote such a perfect review of my book, 'Among the Ancients.'

Tuesday, July 12, 2011

Looking forward to my reading at Barnes and Noble in Owings Mills tomorrow

Tim Wheeler, from the Baltimore Sun, posted a nice blog about my book and reading tomorrow night. So now I'm blogging about his blog. (It's almost 2012 isn't it?)
Here's the link to his blog:

Stay cool.

Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Reading for "The Fifteen" in Santa Fe

Part of "The Fifteen" in Santa Fe. I had a lovely time talking with this group - - the oldest women's literary group west of the Mississippi.

I love natural hot springs! And I was lucky to get to visit one on this trip.What you have to be there to experience is the lovely smell of sage and pinyon pine.

Lots of art everywhere in Santa Fe.

Got to reconnect with my cousin Diane. She and her husband Bob have a lovely traditional style house. We took a great high altitude hike through aspen groves.

Sunday, May 29, 2011

On the radio...walking through the woods with Marc Steiner


The link above is to a long radio program which resulted from taking a walk in the woods with Marc Steiner at the end of May. It's about an hour long. Enjoy!

Saturday, May 14, 2011

Books, books, books...

In case you are confused...there are two new books available from the Maloof household about trees. "Among the Ancients" is the book I wrote about visiting old-growth forests in the eastern states. It was published by the wonderful people at Ruka Press. You can order the book from them or from Amazon, or from your favorite independent bookstore (preferred). The other book, "A Path to Beauty: Ecology of Ancient Forests," is a book that Rick and I worked on together. It contains minimal text, quotes about beauty, and over forty of Rick's beautiful photographs. That book is self-published with the help of the many gifts in his memory.

I am also blessed that "Teaching the Trees," my first book, continues to sell well and touch many readers.

A Path to Beauty: Ecology of Ancient Forests - Rick's memorial book is now for sale

Friday, April 22, 2011

Holy Web - in Super Conciousness

I am honored to have an article in this month's Super Conciousness magazine.

Holy Web by Joan Maloof:

(thanks for the image Rick)

Sunday, April 17, 2011

The book is here! Signing at Barnes and Nobles

Happy Earth Week everyone! My book Among the Ancients: Adventures in the Eastern Old-Growth Forests has arrived. My first signing is Saturday, May 7th, 1 pm at the Barnes and Nobles in Salisbury. The link below has details and directions:

If you can't make it Saturday, but you'd like your very own copy you can order it from my publisher's website. (If you put PRE in the code box you'll get $5 off.) That web address is:

Or you can order it online from Amazon, or special order it from your favorite locally owned bookstore. So many choices!

Friday, March 11, 2011

My new book is at the printers

SU professor authors new book, ‘Among the Ancients’ The Daily Times

The link above is from today's Daily Times - it's the first publicity for book #2 which is at the printers now!

Liz and Dan at Ruka Press are doing a great job.

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