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Illinois Big Tree Workshop

Posted by Ron Wolford -

Attention nature lovers and big tree hunters, the "New & Improved" Illinois Big Tree Register and the University of Illinois are hosting a Volunteer Big Tree Inspector Training Workshop on Saturday, November 11, 2006, from 10am to 1pm. This interactive workshop will be held at the Sangamon-Menard Extension Unit Office on the Illinois State Fairgrounds, Springfield, IL. Pre-registration is required by November 6, 2006. Cost to attend the workshop is $10. The afternoon portion of the workshop will be held outdoors, therefore proper outdoor attire is recommended.

This exciting workshop is open to all citizens and big tree enthusiasts. Prior experience with the Big Tree program or with tree measurements is not required. Participants will learn the history of the Illinois Big Tree program and how to properly nominate, measure, and certify Illinois Big Tree nominations. All participants will receive hands-on training from members of the Illinois Big Tree technical committee. According to Jay Hayek, coordinator of the Illinois Big Tree Register, "The Illinois Big Tree Register has been around since 1962. Due to its growing popularity, the program has developed a strong need for a volunteer network of citizen Big Tree inspectors to assist us with Big Tree nominations and verification of Big Tree measurements."

To register for the workshop, please contact the Sangamon-Menard Extension Office at (217) 782-4617. If you would like more information on the Illinois Big Tree program, please contact Jay Hayek at (217) 244-0534 or visit the Illinois Big Tree Register website.



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