- Associated Press - Wednesday, December 17, 2014

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. (AP) - A Shagbark hickory is the winner of the Eastern Panhandle’s annual Big Tree Contest.

The tree is nearly 135 feet tall and has a diameter of 38.71.

The Herald-Mail (https://bit.ly/13bKA0T ) of Hagerstown, Maryland, reports that Carol Bishop found the tree in the Berkeley Springs area. She received $500 and a copy of Joyce Kilmer’s poem “Trees” at the Eastern Panhandle Conservation District’s recent awards banquet.

The category for this year’s contest was hickory. Winners of previous contests have found the largest tulip poplar tree, the largest pine tree and other types.

Delegate John Overington organized the annual contest for Berkeley, Jefferson and Morgan counties in 2009 to honor his grandfather, Fred W. Besley. Besley was Maryland’s first state forester.

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Information from: The Herald-Mail of Hagerstown, Md., https://www.herald-mail.com


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