November 11, Saturday, 8:30 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. — The BIG Tree Tour (rain or shine)
Bill Guenther, Windham County Forester, will once again lead a daylong tour to view some of the largest trees in Windham County, either champions or significant trees on the Vermont Big Tree Register. The tour is free and open to the public. We ask that you please leave your dog at home.
Participants need to wear sturdy footgear and clothes to match the weather, and to bring water and lunch. Lunch will likely be from 12:30 – 1:00 p.m. at the Newfane Courthouse.
The tour will kick off at the information booth of the Brattleboro Common at the intersection of Park Place and Putney Road. After a short introduction, the tour will depart at 8:45 SHARP, so don’t be late! For more information contact Bill Guenther at the Extension
Service Office, 257-7967, Ext. 305.
A booklet will be provided that includes the day’s schedule, types of trees, locations, and tree identification information. There is also an explanation of how to take the three measurements that are used to qualify a tree for the Big Tree Register.
The tour involves driving from one area to the next, then hiking to the big trees, which are spread out around the county. There will be eight trees on the tour this year. Seven of the trees are within 100 yards of parking. Only one tree involves a bit of a short scramble down a bank.
In the morning, we will visit what will likely become the state’s largest Japanese Maple, which we will measure on the tour. Following that will be a new champion Beech, state champions in Silver Maple and Red Mulberry and the runner-up Butternut, at the late Esther Falk’s residence.
For those who wish to join just the afternoon portion of the tour, you can link up with the group at the Newfane Courthouse between 12:30 and 1:00 p.m. The afternoon will include visits to three champion trees – Apple, Sycamore, and White Pine.
Please contact Bill Guenther or check the WRWA website in October to confirm the final schedule, which could change as not all landowner permissions had been granted at press time.