Monday, February 21, 2011

Brunswick starts contest to find its largest trees - Brunswick, GA

Brunswick starts contest to find its largest trees |

BRUNSWICK - The city's four-member Park and Tree Board has developed what it hopes will be a fun way to urge residents to recognize native trees and the importance of protecting them for upcoming generations.

The panel has put together the "TREE-MENDOUS Tree Contest" that it hopes will draw interest from community residents who can enter trees on their property in a contest to find the biggest of each species inside the city.

"It's an idea we came up with to make folks aware of the trees they have and to bring awareness that these are also resources that need to be protected," board chairman Nick Chilton said.

The tree contest began Friday on Georgia Arbor Day and will run through National Arbor Day on April 29.

Only four species - the live oak, eastern red cedar, southern magnolia and American sycamore - will be measured for the contest.

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