Pando is the name of the many-trunked tree system that inspired all this.

The largest organism on Earth, and one of the very oldest, is a quaking aspen that extends over 100 acres from a single root. It has a name, Pando.

Above ground, Pando appears to be a grove of individual trees, like any other grove. It was overlooked, for years. But underground the trees are connected by a single and vast root system. It is one tree. A one-tree-forest.

Pando is now under threat — from cattle grazing, an exploding deer and elk population (due to the elimination of predators), misplaced development, and the impending prospect of radical climate change.

Pando is a fitting image of our common and threatened life together, and our ability to endure.

We are working with a network of collaborative efforts to support Pando the tree, ranging from project-based learning initiatives to local research, conservation, and communications partnerships, including with the Western Aspen Alliance.

Why Pando Matters



Earth Island Journal, January 2021 | “Pando to Pangea

New York Times, October 2018 | “Pando, the Most Massive Organism on Earth, Is Shrinking

Topos Magazine, June-July 2018 | “Living With a Giant” blog series
Part I, Part II, Part III, Part IIII