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bpirit of JEFFERSON and FARMER'S ADVOCATE News Tree FROM PAGE A1 Nominations can be phoned in to the district through Aug. 1. Besides planting thousands of trees himself on his farm and serving on the Legislature's Forest Management Review Commission, Overington credits his interest in trees to a family history with deep roots in forestry. His grandfather was Maryland's +first state forester and was appoint- +ed by President Franklin Roosevelt to help determine whether forestland oauld be best managed through a state or federal system. The contest - which in previous years has focused on different species of trees - started with the goal of get- ring people to learn to identify differ- ent types of trees, according to Dun- can, and to get out to discover more about nature. Chesapeake Bay Watershed For- ester Herb Peddicord, who assists with confirming the winners, said the contest has had additional benefits in that it has helped the West Virginia Big Tree Program add trees to its ros- ter. Because the Eastern Panhandle was settled so early, many older homes and farms still feature old, large trees, he said. "Our area is well represented on that list" Peddicord said. Previous winners of the contest are Mike Bochinski,ofMarfinsburg,with the largest pine tree last year; Kaitlyn Price, who in 2010 found the area's largest oak tree, a Chinkapin oak tree that was 20 feet in circumference; and Dan DeSamo, who found the largest tree in 2009, a sycamore near Ran- son. In 201i, Diana Suttenfield found a maple tree growing on her prop- erty outside Shepherdstown, the his- toric Falling Spring, that turned out to be the largest sugar maple tree in the state. The contest is helping the Division of Forestry to discover more. "It's good for the Division of For- estry to be involved in this too - it "helps us out" Peddicord said. A website for the West Virginia Big Tree Program describes the many important benefits of trees: "Trees of all shapes and sizes are essential to a healthy environment. Besides helping to purify air and. water, trees are the biggest weapon against soil erosion. Trees fight air pollution by absorb- ing sulfur dioxide and help to cool ' .the earth by absorbing carbon diox- ide. They cool homes in the summer , by providing shade and protect prop- erty year-round from wind damage. Trees also provide homes for birds, small animals and insects. Humans and wildlife enjoy fruits and nuts that many trees produce." This year, tulip poplars were select- ed as the focus of the contest because this region is known to have some larger ones. "This is a good area for adip pop- 'iars to be growing" Peddicord said. A quick web search will help peo- ple identify a tulip poplar tree by its leaves, he said. Those who have a tree to nominate can call the Eastern Panhandle Con- ,-servation District. Information required includes the measurement of the tree trunk cir- cumference at 4 feet, 5 inches up from the ground. Callers are asked to let the owner where the tree is located know about their intentions to enter the con- test. The Division of Forestry will ver- ify the trees using the criteria of the West Virginia Big Tree Program. Points will be determined based on the tree's circumference, total height and crown spread. The+ winner will be recognized at the Eastem Pandhandle Conservation District's fall banquet. To call in an entry, contact the EPCD at 304-263-4376. Commission ::plans Thursday :: 'meet and greet' Staff report SHEPHERDSTOWN - Jeffer- i son County Commission Presi- dent Dale Manuel and members :Walt Pellish, Jane Tabb, Lyn Wid- .myer and Patsy Noland will be +'available to hear citizens' con- ~cerns on Thursday. The "meet and greet" event is slated for 5 to 7 p.m. at Morgan's Grove Park on W.Va. 480 just out- side of Shepherdstown. Commissioners say they want to hear residents" feedback on topics of concem. To learn more about issues be- ef ore the commission, residents may visit Questions about Thursday's gath- ering? Call Deputy County Ad- ministrator Sandy McDonald at 304-728-3284. This sugar maple growing on the grounds at historic Falling Spring outside Shepherdstown won the Eastern Panhandle's tallest tree contest in 2011. The tree was later determined by the West Virginia Division of Forestry to be the biggest sugar maple in the state, FREE CARPET INSTAJ.LATION THIS MONTH ONLY! *Lifetime l iaUo. 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