A Brief History of Friends of the Trees Society

Friends of the Trees Society (FTS) is a small, grassroots non-profit which has been operating continually since 1978-- 40 years of service to the trees and to tree-lovers worldwide.

Although there are now 12,000 names and addresses in FTS's mail databases, including about 3,000 from outside the USA, only about 2,000 of you recieved FTS mailings in 2001.

    Many of you are personal friends
    and there is a soft warm loving place in my heart for you.
    I would like to send my love to all of you.
    Those of you I haven't met
    as well as my dear friends.
    I ask the trees to bless each of you
    for all your efforts on behalf
    of the Earth & all its inhabitants.

My apologies if you are one of the people who hasn't heard from Friends of the Trees Society in years. There were many years when FTS' postage bill was thousands of dollars per year. We sent information and books out to the far corners of the world and across the USA and Canada. FTS correspondence and mail flow has been voluminous over the years.

For much of its history, FTS has had a staff level of one - namely me, Michael Pilarski. There have been over 20 interns over the years and hundreds of volunteers. At times, FTS has had employees; at one point we had five people working in the office!

Over its 27 years, FTS has accomplished a lot for its small size. The only grant that FTS ever received was for $1,000. About 10% of FTS income in its early years was from donations. Almost all of FTS's income has been earned from selling trees, herbs, seeds, books, and our educational activities.