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Wanted: Large Hawaii trees to enter in competition

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The state is seeking nominations for candidates it will enter in a national competition for the largest trees.

The Department of Land and Natural Resources wants to compete in the Big Trees contest run by American Forests. The challenge is to find the largest tree of particular species.

The state is looking for large trees of the following varieties: wauke, niu or coconut, hau, manele, and aalii.

To nominate a tree, send the department’s Division of Forestry and Wildlife three measurements: trunk circumference measured in inches, height measured in feet, and average crown spread measured in feet.

Also include the exact location of the trees so officials may verify candidates.

The information should be sent to Sheri Mann, the division’s Cooperative Resource Management Forester, at Sheri.S.Mann(at)hawaii.gov by Dec. 1.

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