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Introduction

The following information and resources provide writers and content creators with accurate information about the Pando tree and Friends of Pando activities. The page is organized as follows:

Friends of Pando Overview

Friends of Pando is a citizen-science based, volunteer-led 501(c)3 nonprofit organization based in Richfield, Utah. We are an official Partner to Fishlake National Forest, the public stewards of the Pando Tree and the land it calls home.

 

Mission: Friends of Pando is dedicated and working to educate the public, support research and preservation work and inspire stewardship of Pando, the world’s largest tree.

 

Brief History: Friends of Pando began informally. In 2019, founder Lance Oditt organized a series of hour-long community forums inviting artist, educators, scientists, land managers, community leaders and tree lovers to talk about Pando and share ideas about what we might do to help care for it. In 2020, we launched our website and began work to model programs to document, care for and study the Pando Tree. In 2021 we became a nonprofit, in 2022, became a partner to Fishlake National Forest. Today, we oversee 6 programs to achieve our mission and realize our vision Pando is enjoyed for generations to come. 

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Working with Us on a Pando Story

As the only organization working and dedicated to Pando’s study and care, we field numerous media request every month. Here are some general guidelines to help you plan your story and coordinate your efforts.

 

 

Please consult the following resources before contacting us with general questions.
Natural History | World’s Largest Tree FAQ | How Pando Works FAQ | Science Communication Center

 

 

Getting in Touch and Working Together
1. To reduce spam, all queries must go through our Contact Us Page
2. Friends of Pando does not take part in “email” style interviews. We can do video, in-person or, audio engagements.
3. Friends of Pando prefers working with media professionals operating with established editorial teams. Freelancers are welcome, but we cannot help you “sell” your story. 

4. Friends of Pando prefers working with media professionals with a demonstrated track record of rich storytelling.

5. Friends of Pando typically take 3-5 days to respond to an initial media query during field season (May to October).

6.  On-site film and TV crews must also notify and get permission from our partners, Fishlake National Forest.

7. From begin to end, expect about 3 weeks to plan and coordinate a non-breaking story about Pando.

 

 

Organizing a site visit

1. In-person visits with staff and crew require prior discussion and approval. 
2. In order to care for the tree, we do not accept media visits until the Pando has flourished, which is typically, late June.  
3. In-person site visits with our staff are only available between June 30th and October 12

 


A/V Production Planning Notes

 

 

 

1. Pando lives at 9,000 feet. Summer doesn’t begin until July each year. Plan accordingly.
2. Pando does not have a regularly marked trail; most of the tree has none. Plan accordingly.  

3. The Pando Tree spreads 0.63 miles by 0.43 miles across a tumultuous lava field. Plan to move slow and uphill, a lot.  

4. Pando lives in a busy recreation area. The best times to create A/V are Monday through Thursday, 10-3pm, and 7-9pm.

5. Pando’s lives on the edge of a steep Basin which forms a natural amphitheater. The Lower Pando amphitheater amplifies the sound of cars passing over cattle guards. You will not get good audio below the road.  
6. Pando lives at high elevation, weather events can erupt quickly and with little warning. 
7. Monsoon season starts in late June and runs until early August. Expect rain nearly every afternoon during that time.
8. There are no local forecast for Pando. The nearest forecast are for places 2,000-4,000 feet
below Pando, and over 30 minutes away by car. If you see signs of storm, halt work.   
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If a site visit is approved, we strongly suggest you reserve at least one full working day to scout locations, get around in the tree, and provide your team some padding should weather turn on you.  

Friends of Pando & Fishlake National Forest Partnership

Friends of Pando is an official Partner with the Fishlake National Forest, public stewards who oversee the Pando Tree and the land it calls home. As the only groups dedicated to Pando and the land it calls home, Friends of Pando and our programs focus on needed education, research and preservation efforts of the Pando Tree. If you have further questions for Fishlake Natioinal Forest, please contact Dan Child, Fishlake National Forest. You can contact us usuing our contact page.

Friends of Pando 2023 Year in Review

2023 was a fantastic year for Friends of Pando with big strides in education, monitoring, research and inspired stewardship and a new stories and friendships branching out to care for this tree without compare. Download our end of year review to see all we accomplished and our vision for the year ahead.

Download our 2022 Year in Review

The Challenges of Communicating About Pando

Friends of Pando believes that those who write about the tree also have a role to play in the future and long term health of the tree. We’ve designed these media resources to empower writers to help the public understand the science and the complexity of the issues involved.

 

As a relatively recent discovery, one of the primary challenges of writing about Pando, is how little we actually know about the tree. Complicating matters is the fact that until Friends of Pando got underway, there was no group dedicated solely to Pando and the land it calls home.  Prior to Friends of Pando, nearly all stories about the tree originated from groups who have no long-term ties to the community where decision-making and the work that needs be done, must happen, in the land Pando calls home.

 

Today, false, inaccurate and misleading information about Pando discourages interest and dilutes a sense of shared ownership. After all, if the tree were actually 80,000 years old (in effect, immortal, which it is not), or conversely, is doomed to die (it is not) -why should anyone care to support research, stewardship, or care about the human experience of the tree?

 

To that end, the media resources provided here are designed to help journalists separate fact from fiction. We also hope to help them understand the broad variety of issues, concerns, groups and activities working to ensure Pando can be preserved and enjoyed for generations to come.

Introducing the Pando Tree

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What is the Pando Tree?

Pando: Life on the Boundary of Discovery of Imagination is our most popular article and provides a broad overview of Pando’s discovery, how the tree works and the land and people it shares its home with.

Quick FAQs

For those looking for quick answers, our “Quick FAQ’s” answer the most popular questions (and misconceptions) most readers have about the tree, its discovery, how it works and what it takes to take care of the tree.

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The Science of Pando Guide

As a recent discovery only verified in 2008 through genetic testing, their is much to learn about Pando. Download our collated collection of key research papers, commentaries and models used to understand and protect Pando today. 

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Friends of Pando Data Store

Friends of Pando undertakes a variety of data analysis, research and monitoring programs creating local jobs while working to ensure the tree can be enjoyed for generations to come. Review studies and gather freely available data here.

Free Images for Your Articles

The following images may be used with permission and proper citation for scientifically accurate stories and articles related to Friends of Pando and the Pando tree. Please send email to media at friendsofpando dot org for large scale images for print publications.

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Aerial view of Pando's Land Mass | Credit: Lance Oditt, friendsofpando.org | GIS Map: Paul Rogers & Daren McAvoy | Right click image to Download

Help Dispell False or Misleading

As part of our commitment to open science and education, Friends of Pando tracks articles, publications and social media claims about Pando and works to help organizations and people correct popular misconceptions, false or misleading claims about the tree. 

THE BIG 2

  1. Pando is NOT 80,000 years old
  2. Pando IS world’s largest tree in multiple dimensions

 

Please consider using our quick “Pando Minute”  videos to help folks better understand what makes Pando unique and worthy of our thoughtful consideration and care. We also encourage media professional to visit the Science Communication Center for 

Pando: World's Largest Tree (In Multiple Dimensions)

Pando's Age (Its Not 80,000 Years Old)

Friends of Pando is dedicated and working to educate the public, support research and preservation efforts and inspire stewardship of Pando, the world’s largest tree.

 

Friends of Pando is a proud partner of Pando’s public land stewards, Fishlake National Forest of the U.S. Forest Service, Department of Agriculture. Learn more about our partnership.

 

Friends of Pando and its partners are equal opportunity employers.

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Just $14 a month supports work to ensure Pando can be enjoyed for generations to come. Make a one-time or, recurring tax deductible donation today.

Friends of Pando
PO Box 12
Richfield, UT, 84701
Phone: 435-633-1893
IRS EIN: 87-3958681