Conservation District sponsors 'Big Tree Contest'

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By Linda Ireland

 The LaRue County Conservation District is hosting a “Big Tree Contest.”

It’s got to be really big – in height, in circumference, in crown spread.

The contest is being used to promote forestry and interest in trees, said Division of Forestry Chief Forester Robert Bean. Similar contests in Hart and Hardin Counties drew entries of about 40 trees each.

“We may run into state record trees while (conducting the contest),” said Bean. “Maybe not the eventual winner for the county, but for its species.”

If you’d like to nominate a tree for the contest, contact the LCCD at 358-3132 or the DF at 766-5010. A representative from the DF will take measurements and photo of the tree.

If you don’t own the property surrounding the tree, you’ll need permission from the property owner before making the nomination.

The last day for nominations is Feb. 15.

The winner will be recognized at the District’s Award Banquet Feb. 24 or March 2.

Bean said the DF is hoping to find a “couple of state record trees” since none are recorded in the county. There was a “great big pin oak in Athertonville” – a state recordholder – but it broke in a windstorm a few years ago.

Photos of record-setting trees are available at forestry.ky.gov.