CONTACT: STEPHEN PRADARELLI
100 Old Public Library
Iowa City IA 52242
(319) 384-0007; fax (319) 384-0024
Release: Oct. 5, 1999
UI Museum of Natural History presents search for record-size
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
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 firstname.lastname@example.org