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Who has biggest tree in the county?

What would a big old tree tell you if it could talk?

Would it speak of Indian tribes that made camp under its canopy? Would it talk of the early settlers that passed by on their way to their new homestead? Or would it tell stories about your great great grandparents climbing its limbs when they were young?

Big trees are old trees. As expected, old trees can be historic in terms of their local signifi cance.

Maybe one is mentioned in an old land deed you may have: "... along a line to a large Post Oak tree a distance of 525 feet." Is the tree still there?

You might have the biggest tree in the county on your property, or know someone in Milam County that does. If so, the El Camino Real Master Naturalists want to know about it.

Large tree nomination

The Master Naturalists will be profiling a different tree species about each month. During this time they want nominations from the community for trees of the profiled species that may be the biggest in the county, and perhaps in the whole state. This month's profiled tree is the Native Pecan Tree, discussed Shawn Walton's weekly column.

The top five winners for each tree species will be recognized. You can go to the El Camino Real Master Naturalist website to see the top five largest trees by species.

Who knows, we may get a submission for a tree that qualifies for Texas State "Big Tree" recognition!

The nomination process is very simple and explained on the nomination form.

To get a form, you can download from the website: http:// grovesite.com/tmn/ecrmn/bigtrees, request one via email to MilamMasterNaturalist@gmail. com, or pick up a hardcopy at the AgriLife Extension Office in Cameron.

Mail forms to: El Camino Real Master Naturalist, c/o AgriLife Extension Service, 100 E. First St., Cameron, 76520; or email to MilamMasterNaturalist@gmail. com.

There are no fees, and no monetary rewards, just fun and local, and possibly state, recognition. So start looking around. Tell your friends and neighbors. And let's have some fun with the Big Trees of Milam County!


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The burn ban for Milam County has been lifted. Burning is always prohibited in the county's municipalities.


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