Oswego County News Release
Oswego County Public Information Office, 46 East Bridge St., Oswego, NY 13126

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July 3, 2007

Oswego County Environmental Management Council
Announces the Big Tree Search

Group measuring a big tree

Pictured from left to right: Mike Lipton, Fort Ontario, Dick Drosse and Dave Hertzler of Oswego County Environmental Management Council and Maria Hudson, Constellation Energy. The group is practicing measuring tree height at Fort Ontario using the stick method which is described in the Big Tree Search pamphlet.


The Oswego County Environmental Management Council and Oswego County Soil and Water Conservation District are coordinating a contest to find the biggest trees in Oswego County. The contest is sponsored by Constellation Energy’s Nine Mile Point Nuclear Station.

“Constellation Energy is mindful that the nature of our business directly links us with the natural resources we all share,” said Maria Hudson, communications consultant and member of Nine Mile Point's Community Council. “We are pleased to partner with organizations that share our passion for environmental stewardship.”

Joining the search for the biggest trees in Oswego County is simple. The contest starts June 29 (corresponding with the Oswego County Fair) and ends on August 24, 2007. Individuals, families and groups are invited to participate.

“Participating in the Big Tree Search is a fun activity and a great way to get outside and enjoy the county,” said Dick Drosse, Oswego County Environmental Management Council. “The trees may be found in your neighborhood, a local park or one of the many state or county forest areas in Oswego County. The purpose of the Big Tree Search is to increase awareness and appreciation of the trees in our environment.”

Many species of trees are found in Oswego County. The Big Tree Search pamphlet, which includes instructions for measuring and nominating trees, lists several common species. Starting June 29, a more complete list and nomination forms can be found on the Big Tree Search website: www.oswegocounty.com/planning/bigtreesearch.html. Any questions may be directed to Dick Drosse, Oswego County Environmental Management Council at 315-343-4565 or by .

Big Tree Search pamphlets can be found at locations throughout the county including: Oswego County Soil and Water District Office in Fulton, Oswego County Tourism Office, Oswego Rice Creek Field Station, River’s End Book Store in Oswego, Ontario Orchards and public libraries. Pamphlets will also be available at the county fair at both the Oswego County Soil and Water Conservation District and Oswego County Promotion and Tourism booths.

The winning entries for each species will receive a champion tree certificate recognizing their efforts. The winners of the top 12 champion trees (one champion per species) will also receive a tree identification field guide. Awards will be presented at the Salmon River Fish Hatchery Open House on September 22, 2007.


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