- Associated Press - Friday, August 28, 2015

BLOOMINGDALE, Mich. (AP) - A massive white oak tree in southwest Michigan has been spared trimming that an expert says would have likely made it lose its state “champion” status.

The Kalamazoo Gazette (https://bit.ly/1NL0nIb ) reports the tree in Bloomingdale was last measured having a height of 101 feet, a girth of 240 inches and an average crown spread of 131 feet. It was set to be trimmed by Indiana Michigan Power.

Utility company spokesman Tracy Warner said a forester determined Wednesday the tree could be left alone without affecting power lines.

According to Michigan’s Big Tree Register, the tree shares the title of biggest white oak in the state with one in Ionia County. Michigan Big Tree Coordinator Andy Sawyer says the Bloomingdale tree would get bumped off champion status if it lost crown spread or height.

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Information from: Kalamazoo Gazette, https://www.mlive.com/kalamazoo

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