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Individuals interested in nominating a hickory tree for this contest should contact the Pike SWCD office. The tree must be within Pike County, and only one nomination per tree will be accepted. The tree does not have to be on the property of the nominator, but the owner must be aware of the nomination. All species are being accepted for nomination, as we are looking for the largest hickory in general, not the largest of any particular species. The deadline for nominating a tree is Friday, Aug. 17, 2012. Once a nomination is received by the District office, SWCD personnel will contact the owner to obtain permission to measure the tree and complete the official nomination form. Trees are measured based on three measurements, including the circumference, total tree height, and the average crown spread. The individual who nominates the largest tree measured for the contest will receive recognition and a monetary award at the Pike SWCD Annual Meeting and Banquet in September.

For more information on the District’s big tree contest, call the Pike SWCD at 740-947-5353, or stop by the office at 11752 Ohio 104, Waverly.

SWCD now accepting Old Barns in Pike County photos. The Old Barn Photos have to be taken in Pike County. The photographer does not have to live in Pike County.

The deadline is July 1, 2012. First place winner will receive $75, second place $50, and third place $25. Winners will receive recognition at the Pike SWCD Annual Meeting on Sept. 11. Photos can be e-mail to mary.sibole@oh.nacdnet.net with the subject line “Photo Contest” or drop the photos off at the SWCD office at 11752 St Rt 104, Waverly Ohio.

We have Bluebird white cedar nesting boxes for sale. Boxes are ready to hang and attract the beautiful insect eaters that we all love. Give us a call.

For more information on the contests or bluebird boxes, call 740-947-5353.

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