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Putney Big Tree Quest Events Are Happening And Entries Are coming In!

Connie Woodbury and Nathan Hirth submitted a butternut in East Dummerston with a 207” circumference! Hazel Paris submitted a 140” Sugar Maple. Laela Roberts found a 176” Black Locust! Join these intrepid Big Tree Questers and explore Putney’s forests and roadsides to find our big trees. Don’t forget to submit your Tree Art! Find out more about submitting your Putney Big Tree entry on the Putney Public Library website (, or contact Evie Lovett and Paul LeVasseur at Or just go out find a big tree, measure the circumference at 4.5 feet off the ground, and submit circumference, tree species, tree location, your name, email and phone #, and, if possible, a photo of the tree to Submit by Nov. 1.

Forest for Learning Big Tree Wander – Saturday, Oct 8, 3-5 pm:
Join Josh Fields for the Free Forest for Learning Big Tree Wander on October 8, 3-5 pm, at the Forest for Learning, 24 School Forest Drive, Putney. The Forest for Learning is partnering with Putney Big Tree Quest for a casual exploration of some areas in the Forest for Learning where you might find some particularly big trees. Come prepared with your measuring and documenting tools! Facebook event:
Sign up on the Forest for Learning website:

Chestnut Plot and Deer Exclosure Site Tour, The Putney School, Sunday, October 9th, 10 am and 2 pm:
Take a Tour of the Chestnut Plot and Deer Exclosure Site, The Putney School, Sunday, October 9th during Harvest Festival at 10 am and 2 pm

Putney School science teacher, Dawn Zweig, and senior, Henry Stephenson-Ryan, will provide two opportunities to see the Putney School’s deer exclosure study site. This site is meant to provide long-term data on northern hardwood forest regeneration without the presence of deer who often browse our most desired native species. Even more exciting is that one of the study plots has120 hybrid chestnuts from the American Chestnut Foundation that were recently planted to see if this once ubiquitous tree can reestablish in our forests. If you’d like to learn more about the long-term deer exclosure study and/or the hybrid chestnut planting please join us. Hikes will last 30-40 minutes. Meet at the Putney Big Tree Quest table (on the east lawn)

Big Tree Walk at Putney Great Meadow, Sunday, October 16, 2 p.m.
Join in a Putney Big Tree Quest along the forested edge of the historic Great Meadow along the Connecticut River in Putney on Sunday, October 16 at 2 p.m. An easy walk along the Meadow’s edge will be interspersed with forays into the woods to measure large trees to submit to the Putney Big Tree Quest. Check out the Putney Public Library for more info about the Putney Big Tree Quest. (
Leaders Tom Hinckley, Gino Palmeri and Ann Kerrey, Putney Conservation Commission members, will help with tree identification and measuring. They will also give a brief description of the Great Meadow in the early 1700’s when Putney’s first settlers arrived.
Park at the north end of the Meadow (near the Westminster town line, off River Road South) in the large pull-off area on the right (east). Please wait to cross the railroad tracks as a group.