Challenger Champion Tree At The Marion County Sheriff’s Office


Greg Barton, a forester with the Florida Forest Service, left, and Maxine Hunter of the UF IFAS Marion County Extension, measure the diameter of a large live oak, a challenger for a champion tree, at the Marion County Sheriff’s Office in Ocala, Fla. on Monday, August 24, 2020. Hunter discovered the tree while doing work at the Marion County Sheriff’s Office campus recently. The huge live oak measured 33 feet and 7 inches in diameter and Barton said that the tree is likely going to “end up as number four on the state list as a challenger to the two current co-champions in Alachua County.” [Bruce Ackerman/Ocala Gazette] 2020.

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Posted August 28, 2020 | Bruce Ackerman/Ocala Gazette

Greg Barton, a forester with the Florida Forest Service, investigated the huge live oak that measured 33 feet and 7 inches in diameter and Barton said that the tree is likely going to “end up as number four on the state list as a challenger to the two current co-champions in Alachua County.” [Bruce Ackerman/Ocala Gazette] 2020.