Coffee Talks program at Burnet library to feature famous Texas trees

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BURNET — Texas A&M Forest Service’s Pete Smith will talk about famous Texas trees during a Coffee Talks presentation March 14.

The program is 2 p.m. at the Herman Brown Free Library, 100 E. Washington. Refreshments will be served at 1:30 p.m. Program organizers advise attendees to arrive early.

Smith is the urban forestry program manager for the College Station-based forest service. He also oversees the Texas Big Tree Registry that identifies and helps protect “champion trees,” the largest known of each kind of tree in Texas.

The Coffee Talks program will feature a slide show on Famous Trees of Texas, another registry overseen by the Texas A&M Forest Service. These trees have “witnessed” significant periods and events in Texas history, and many date to the time of the Republic of Texas. The original 81 trees were featured in “Famous Trees of Texas,” which was published by the forest service. It can be viewed at http://famoustreesoftexas.tamu.edu.

The Coffee Talks series continues through June. Upcoming programs include a presentation by local author Jack Davis on the Texas-Mexico drug trade, the context for his thriller “To Die in Chiapas,” in April and a discussion on “The Dallas Cowboys: The Outrageous History of the Biggest, Loudest, Most Hated, Best Loved Football Team in America” by author Joe Nick Patoski in May.