Educating the Public
Friends of Pando Workshops
Workshops form the core of our efforts to educate the public about the Pando. Since December 2019, we have delivered virtual workshops and monthly calls to colleges and the public. If you would like to host a workshop, let us know via our Contact Us Page.
Friends of Pando Website
As the world’s largest tree, Pando is the subject of countless international headlines every year and frequently cited in popular science books about trees. Although this activity promotes awareness about the tree, they often feature false or speculative claims about Pando that have no basis in science. The Friends of Pando website aims to provide an open information hub where the public and those who study and care for the tree can find up-to-date, science-backed information about the tree, share their experiences and learn about opportunities to take action.
In March of 2021, Pando will become the largest tree on the internet with its own Twitter account. Working to serve in the void between traditional government communications and the slower pace of scientific publishing, @iamthepando tree will provide a regular feed of facts, images, insights and inspiration to those seeking a more social relationship with the tree.
Pando Ambassador Program (May-Oct)
As the only organization dedicated to the Pando Tree, in 2022, Friends of Pando will launch a first-of-its-kind active field monitoring program to protect this natural wonder. In 2022, Friends of Pando will hire, train and support a dedicated agent to watch over the tree and tend to its needs including work to repair and sustain protective fencing, capturing data on utilization, observing wildlife activity and documenting the year in the trees life. Work we believe is critical to development of sound policies to ensure the tree can be enjoyed for generations to come.
In the Footprint of the Giant (Study on Human Uses)
The US Forest Service estimates that the Fishlake Basin, where Pando lives, receives 300,000 visitors each year. Despite knowing that, we do not know how many people walk Pando’s marked or unmarked trails each year. Working with local students and community volunteers, in 2022, Friends of Pando will work to establish trail monitoring stations to record data on human usage. A record we will make available to the public to help inform policy decisions to ensure the tree can be enjoyed for generations to come.
Pando Science Committee
Despite being the world’s largest tree, we know very little about Pando. Whether it is the atmosphere above or the ground below, very little is known about this unique natural wonder. In 2022, Friends of Pando will bring together scientists from the worlds of Chemistry, Botany, Geology, Biology, Ecology, GIS, Land Management and Recreational Sciences to produce the “Pando Priority” paper. A collaborative scientific document establishing the rationale for broad, interdisciplinary study of this natural wonder connecting organizations who want to act, with teams ready to undertake baseline studies to understand the tree in peer reviewed papers.
Pando Photographic Survey
Today, we do not have a complete photographic record of Pando, a vital document needed to understand Pando’s overall health and serve as reference to monitor changes in the tree over time. In Summer of 2021, Friends of Pando undertook the effort to create the first photographic survey of the world’s largest tree capturing over 8,000 locations
Kids for Pando
In Fall of 2021, Friends of Pando will launch educational workshops geared toward K-12 students inviting teachers, community leaders, students and their families to learn about the tree and take part in a letter writing program to appeal to Utah leaders to name Pando the official tree of Utah. This effort will not only raise awareness about Pando, but also inspire the next generation of scientists and promote stewardship.
Pando Artist in Residency Program
In this time we are just beginning to learn about Pando, we still lack a cultural and aesthetic record of the tree. In Spring of 2022, Friends of Pando will reveal a pilot program to establish an artist-in-residency program, inviting storytellers, visual artists, documentary artists, multimedia artists and those working on emergent research and story telling methods to record the tree in all the seasons of its life, while living and working in the land Pando calls home.
“Pando: The World’s Tree” A Virtual Land Art Installation
Pando’s enormous scale and remote location make it a challenging subject to document, comprehend and fully appreciate – even for those who study and work to protect the tree. In order to promote awareness about the tree and to help people appreciate its scale and the challenges ahead, Lead Photographer of the Pando Photographic Survey, Lance Oditt and Senior Photographers J Brunner and Janis Connell and Science Advisor Ryan Thalman, are working to take Pando to the world creating a unique virtual land art exhibit where people can hike Pando’s expanse while they learn about the tree.
© 2021 | Design Hope Smith BA / Lance Oditt