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From: Tim Zerrusen Jr.
toledo, IL
i found a tree by my place that is 33 feet round i was wondering what the biggest tree of illinois was this tree i found is the biggest tree i have ever seen and i would also like to know how to age a tree without cutting it down

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From: Jay Hayek
Extension Specialist, Forestry
Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Sciences
Greetings Tim:

Please visit the Website of the Illinois Big Tree Register:

Information about all our native champion trees is listed on this site.

To age this tree, you essentially have three options, two of which are logical: cut the tree down and count the rings (not practical or condoned); use an increment borer to extract a core whereby you can count the tree rings; or find out when the tree was planted (historical records for urban plantings, not so feasible for forest-grown specimens).

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