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Big tree hunting: a fun way to carry out the serious work of documenting


The next time you walk into the woods, look for forest giants.

These are the tallest or widest and often oldest trees standing. The West Virginia Division of Forestry invites the public to take their measure and report their location for the state’s Big Tree Program.

“Hunting for big trees is a fun and rewarding past time,” said Urban Forestry Coordinator Robert Hannah, West Virginia Division of Forestry (WVDOF). “It’s a great opportunity to learn to identify the many species found in West Virginia as well as learn how to accurately measure circumference and height. It’s also an opportunity to learn about tree biology, ecosystem benefits and where specific species are likely to be found in our state.”

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