Pike County in search of big trees

first_img You Might Like WELLNESS AND WELLS PHOTO BY ROBBYN BROOKS | About 60 people participated in the WOD for Water program on Troy University’s quad Saturday… read more Latest Stories The Pike County Treasure Forest Association is on the lookout for that big tree that would qualify for the Alabama Champion Tree Program.The statewide program is a listing of the largest known specimens of particular tree species, native or introduce, in Alabama.“All land owners should be aware of the Alabama Champion Tree Program because they are the ones who know where these big trees are,” said Carter Sanders, president Pike County Treasure Forest Association. “Most of these champion trees are on private property and are not out by the road. They are usually in the backside of nowhere so the landowners would be the ones would know about them.” Pike County in search of big trees Email the author Book Nook to reopen The Alabama Champion Tree has a circumference of 300 feet and reaches 66 feet in height and has a spread of 79 feet.Sanders said hopes are to include the Southern Red Oak in a forestry tour in the spring.Brian Hendricks, Alabama Forestry Commission Forest Inventory & Analysis coordinator, said that the Alabama Champion Tree Program was established in 1970 by the Alabama Forestry Commission.“The program was modeled on the National Register of Big Trees, which was started in 1940,” Hendricks said. “The goal of Alabama’s program is to record, heighten awareness of and preserve the largest tree specimens in the state. When the program began, 28 champion trees were identified. Today, there are 159 Champion Trees.” Sponsored Content By The Penny Hoarder Around the WebMd: Do This Immediately if You Have Diabetes (Watch)Blood Sugar BlasterIf You Have Ringing Ears Do This Immediately (Ends Tinnitus)Healthier LivingHave an Enlarged Prostate? Urologist Reveals: Do This Immediately (Watch)Healthier LivingWomen Only: Stretch This Muscle to Stop Bladder Leakage (Watch)Healthier LivingRemoving Moles & Skin Tags Has Never Been This EasyEssential HealthBet You’re Pretty Curious About Jaden’s Net Worth Right About Now, HuhBradofoThe content you see here is paid for by the advertiser or content provider whose link you click on, and is recommended to you by Revcontent. As the leading platform for native advertising and content recommendation, Revcontent uses interest based targeting to select content that we think will be of particular interest to you. We encourage you to view your opt out options in Revcontent’s Privacy PolicyWant your content to appear on sites like this?Increase Your Engagement Now!Want to report this publisher’s content as misinformation?Submit a ReportGot it, thanks!Remove Content Link?Please choose a reason below:Fake NewsMisleadingNot InterestedOffensiveRepetitiveSubmitCancel Pike County Sheriff’s Office offering community child ID kits Troy falls to No. 13 Clemson Remember America’s heroes on Memorial Day By Jaine Treadwell Once a champion is identified, its owner and nominator receive a certificate and a permanent maker is placed near the base of the tree. Former champions are removed from the list as new, larger champions are identified and recorded.“To be eligible for the program, a tree must be a species that is recognized as being native or naturalize in Alabama,” Hendricks said. “The AFC uses a formula developed by ‘American Forests’ to determine the size of a tree. A tree receives one point for each inch of circumference, plus one point for each foot of height and one point for each four feet of the average crown spread. Trees that are measured during the same year and are within five total points of each other are identified as co-champions.”Anyone can nominate a tree for the Alabama Champion Tree Program by completing an on-line nomination form found on the AFC website at www.forestry.alabama.gov. An AFC forester will be responsible for collecting the tree’s measurements and other pertinent information.Nominations must be received no later than the first day of June to be considered for the year in which the tree is nominated. Plans underway for historic Pike County celebration Print Article Published 11:20 pm Monday, November 4, 2013 Because these trees are in places that are not easily accessible, they have been left behind.“They probably were too big to log out so they got left behind to grow,” Sanders said. “You never know when a tree might be a Champion Tree.”Presently, Pike County has one tree listed, a Southern Red Oak, owned by Hunter J. Flack. It was listed in 1987. Skip Penny Hoarder Issues “Urgent” Alert: 6 Companies Are…last_img read more

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