What a Tree!

We all know that trees can grow to be large when given the chance, but just how large can sometimes surprise us.

Well, one 13-year old in Lenawee county may have found the largest one in the state. Read the article below to hear her story.

Biggest tree in Lenawee County found, possibly state’s largest too

Sisters 13-year-old Kindell Covey, left, and 10-year-old Denae Covey of Adrian are pictured Friday with a sycamore tree in Madison Township estimated to be 26 feet around at the base of its trunk.Daily Telegram photo by Mike Dickie lenconect_com

Sisters 13-year-old Kindell Covey, left, and 10-year-old Denae Covey of Adrian are pictured Friday with a sycamore tree in Madison Township estimated to be 26 feet around at the base of its trunk.

By Lonnie Huhman
Daily Telegram Staff Writer

Posted Mar. 21, 2016 at 11:49 AM
Madison Twp.
There is a tree in Madison Township that is one of the biggest in Michigan.
So much so it earned 13-year-old Kindell Covey of Adrian the grand prize for the largest tree entered by a tree hunter 15 years old or younger in ReLeaf Michigan’s Big Tree Hunt.
She and her family learned about the tree through a neighbor. Kindell first saw it when she was 10 years old.
“I was thinking it would be really tall,” she said. “But when I saw it, I thought it was just really impressive.”
According to ReLeaf Michigan, the tree is an American Sycamore 315 inches in circumference.
Kindell also won a prize for the largest tree entered from Lenawee County and it qualified as a possible state champion tree.
“It was exciting,” she said about her big tree hunt honor. “I thought there might be some other bigger trees, but it turns out this is one of the biggest.”
ReLeaf Michigan is a nonprofit tree organization and for more than 20 years challenged the public to find Michigan’s largest living trees through its Big Tree Hunt contest. The contest encourages the public to observe Michigan trees while enjoying the outdoors.
The tree sits in a cornfield. Kindell’s mother, Deena, said over the years its been allowed to grow in a small thicket in the middle of the field while the farmers plowed and seeded around it.
“It’s always been protected, so I think that’s helped it get to this size,” Deena said.
It’s the family’s hope the tree never comes down, even if the field changes ownership.
The crowning of the state champion tree hasn’t been announced, but Kindell said she remains excited for that potential.

 

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