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

Pando is, in fact, the scientific name of the largest organism on Earth, the one-tree aspen forest in Utah made up of over 47,000 trunks, and millions of leaves, connected through one root system.

It’s the perfect metaphor—and a darned good name.

Above ground, Pando appears to be a grove of individual trees, like any other grove. It was overlooked, for years. But underground everything is 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 symbol of our common and threatened life together, and our ability to endure.

Former First Lady of California Maria Shriver puts it this way: “Pando means I belong to you, you belong to me, we belong to each other.” Read more on our Pando means we are interconnected campaign page.

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



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

US News & World Report, June 2018 | “Earth’s Most Massive Living Organism Is Dying

Live Science, December 2017 | “The World’s Largest Organism Is Dying