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Big Tree Tour


Date & Time: 
Nov 11 2017 - 8:30am - 4:00pm

Big Tree Tour 2017

On
Saturday November 11, 8:30 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Windham Regional Woodlands Association presents
the Big Tree Tour –
rain or shine! Bill Guenther, Windham County
Forester, will once again lead a daylong tour to view some of the largest
trees in Windham County, either champions or significant trees on the Vermont
Big Tree Register http://fpr.vermont.gov/forest/vermonts_forests/big_trees. The tour is free and
open to the public. We ask that you please leave your dog at home.

 

Participants need to wear sturdy footgear and clothes to match the weatherand to bring water and lunch. Lunch
will likely be from 12:30 – 1:00 p.m. at the Newfane Courthouse

.

The
tour will kick off at the information booth of the Brattleboro Common at
the intersection of Park Place and Putney Road. There is ample parking on
nearby streets. Most of these trees
are found on private property; therefore folks on the tour are encouraged to
carpool to lessen the impact of the tour. It is also very difficult to
keep a lot of cars together, so it is hoped that participants will be willing
to carpool together wherever possible.

 

 After a short introduction, the tour will
depart at 8:45 SHARP, so don’t be late! For more information contact Bill
Guenther at the Extension Service Office, 257-7967, Ext. 305.

 

A
booklet will be provided that includes the day’s schedule, types of trees,
locations, and tree identification information. There is also an explanation of
how to take the three measurements that are used to qualify a tree for the Big
Tree Register.

The
tour involves driving from one area to the next, then hiking to the big trees,
which are spread out around the county. There will be eight trees on the tour this
year. Seven of the trees are within 100 yards of parking. Only one tree
involves a bit of a short scramble down a bank.

In
the morning, we will visit what will likely become the state’s largest Japanese
Maple, which we will measure on the tour. Following that will be a new champion
Beech, state champions in Silver Maple and Red Mulberry, and the runner-up
Butternut at the late Esther Falk’s residence.

For
those who wish to join just the afternoon portion of the tour, you can link up
with the group at the Newfane Courthouse between 12:30 and 1:00 p.m. The
afternoon will include visits to three champion trees – Apple, Sycamore, and
White Pine.

Please
contact Bill Guenther or check the WRWA website, http://windhamwoodlands.org/,  to confirm the final schedule..

Location

Brattleboro Common Information Booth
139 Main St.
Brattleboro, VT
United States
42° 51' 10.6776" N, 72° 33' 29.1816" W
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