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.Big Tree Hunting
Guest Post by Eli Dickerson, Environmental Educator at Fernbank Museum
I’ve been helping Trees Atlanta update the Champion Tree list for over 2 years now. In that time I’ve measured close to 1,000 trees. Some would (accurately) say I’m obsessed. In fact, I don’t travel anywhere without my tape measure and other tree measuring tools.
Looking back on my numerous adventures in “big tree hunting” I can say that one of my earliest excursions stands out as one of my favorites.
It was spring time and fellow tree hunter Matt Gilbert and I were in a little known green space on Emory’s campus that a friend of a friend had told me about. He noted that there were rare plant species and huge trees. Also, judging from the map, it was a steep north facing cove that was prime real estate for big trees. I was right. (continued)