Van Pelt has the physical ability to bushwhack into the deep- est forests, the obsessive drive required to ferret out new champions, the mathematical mind to calculate their dimensions, and the artistic sensibilities to reproduce the charismatic giants. Some indication of his exceptional curiosity was apparent at age eight, when a Boy Scout leader showed Robert's troop how to identify various tree species during winter.
VIP of Champion Trees Tyler Williams American Forests; Spring 2009; 115, 1; Docstoc pg. 47 Reproduced with permission of the copyright owner. Fu
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