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Release: Oct. 5, 1999

UI Museum of Natural History presents search for record-size trees

IOWA CITY, Iowa -- Children and families can help search for the state's largest trees as part of Iowa's "Searching for the Record Trees in Your Neighborhood" program from 2 to 3:30 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 10 on the University of Iowa pentacrest. Participants should meet in Iowa Hall.

The program, which is being presented by the UI Museum of Natural History, is free and open to the public. Participants will learn how to identify, measure and register entries in the state's search for its largest trees. The activity will be presented by the museum staff, led by education major Carrie Farrell.

Farrell, a museum staff member since 1997, checked the Iowa Department of Resources (DNR) registry of record trees this summer and discovered that a black walnut tree growing outside the museum's front entrance is larger than any of the other walnut trees registered. The discovery led her to wonder how many other record trees may have been overlooked by people unfamiliar with the state's registry program.

Farrell will lead a short walk looking at trees on the pentacrest with a lesson on tree identification. Participants will learn how to measure trees and register them in both the Johnson County and state programs. Measuring sticks and identification field guides will be provided.

For more information, or to be placed on the museum's mailing list, call David Brenzel, program coordinator, at (319) 335-0482 or send e-mail to him at