Frank, Please post this on
the ag ed listserve along with attached photo.
Want to have a little GPS/forestry
adventure/fun with your students when (if) you pass through Morgan
County during the upcoming school year? We have a big pine tree that
doesn't closely approach the state record, but is huge (see attached photo
with a couple of my students). Below are the GPS coordinates of the
tree. It will get you to within approximately 50 feet (the error on my
small GPS units).
N 33 35.804
W 083 26.357
The tree is located on public property
about 50 feet off a 1/4 mile single-lane gravel driveway. The
driveway is an extension of a public road. The tree will be
on your left before you reach the power line right-of-way. Feel free to go
onto the property to see it. It is visible and easily accessible from
the driveway. Be careful climbing the old barbed wire fence. Bring
your clineometer and d-tape. Your students will need to measure the
tree. Be aware: the gravel drive is a dead-end. There is
room to turn a car or truck around in one of the residential driveways, but
you'll have to back out if you come in a school bus.
The names of all FFA chapters who locate it
will be placed in a drawing for a grand prize gift card from Lowes at the end of
this school year. When you find it, staple one of your FFA
business cards or a small index card with your Chapter name and advisor
signature to the tree on the back side (opposite the
road so that it cannot be seen from the road). Send me an email and I'll
go retrieve the card. The email should include:
Your chapter's name
Your name (advisor)
The name of the student (s) who accompany
The tree's dbh rounded to the
The tree's height in feet (not logs), rounded to the nearest five
If you find cards that others have stapled
to the tree, please don't remove them. It will be interesting to see how
many FFA Chapters locate the tree.
The only rule is that the students must use the GPS equipment to
locate the tree, and they must do the measuring (not you, the advisor).
Students must be FFA members.
Feel free to participate in this "just for fun" GPS tree hunt
sponsored by Morgan County FFA any time from now until May 31, 2006. The
drawing for the gift card will be held next June. Results of the drawing
will be sent by email to advisors of all chapters who found the tree. The
winner of the drawing will be mailed their gift card.