PAC identifies area’s ‘treasured trees;’ Hackberry designated champion

Published 3:01 pm Thursday, December 18, 2008

As an additional distinction, N.C. state champion tree status was assigned to a small number of Treasured Trees. The Common hackberry, or celtis occidentalis, located at the Polk County Chamber of Commerce, was such a tree,

earning the champion designation.

PAC Project Coordinator Walter presented Chamber Board members with the state certificate certifying the hackberry as a champion.

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&dquo;Honoring and preserving outstanding trees is an obvious and wonderful expression of the way we care for our surroundings and demonstrate our love for nature,&dquo; stated Walter.

&dquo;These trees speak to us through their vitality and splendor in all seasons and help us visualize a future that is sustainable and viable for generations to come.&dquo;

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