HEBRON – A program on Maine’s Big Tree Contest will be the focus of the April 20 meeting presented by the Western Maine chapter of Small Woodland Owners Association of Maine for its first outdoor gathering of 2013.

Oxford County Soil and Water Conservation District officials will put on the program beginning at 9 a.m. at the Hebron Fire Station and finish up with a field trip to the “famous” American Chestnut Tree located at the home of Ann Siekman and Roger Crockett.

Native trees of each species are nominated by landowners each year, and after each tree is measured, winners are recorded in the Big Tree register at the district office in South Paris and entered in the state competition. The program will include a photo presentation of some of the Oxford County winners as well as copies of the 2012 Oxford County Register of Big Trees.

Nomination forms for entry in the 2013 Big Tree Contest will be available for anyone that thinks they might have a winning big tree on their property.

The 9 a.m. to noon event is free and open to the public. Coffee and doughnuts will be available at 8:30. For more information, contact SWOAM chapter president Bill Haynes at 583-2963, the Soil & Water District at 743-5789, ext. 101/111, or email [email protected]

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