Magazine article American Forests

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Magazine article American Forests

Supporting Roles for Leafy Celebs

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From Clint Eastwood to Texas' proud tree owner Billy Finch, the April release of AMERICAN FORESTS' 2002-2003 National Register of Big Trees caused a stir in the world of trees.

Eastwood's bluegum eucalyptus had another tree owner saying, "Make my day!" as the actor's former Champion Big Tree was dethroned after a tree 200 miles north of Eastwood's home was found to be even bigger. The story made headlines in papers all across the United States, even reaching as far away as England and Canada.

Similarly, Billy Finch of Weatherford, Texas, saw his champion pecan lose its crown when the 91-footer was one-- upped by a 136-foot behemoth from Tennessee. According to an article published in the Dallas Morning News, the town of Weatherford was shocked.

"You gotta be kidding!" said local arborist Steve Houser upon hearing the news.

Finch's pecan put up a good fight through various bouts with insects and bad weather but was finally outdone by sheer determination and a taller trunk. The Tennessee tree, once thought to be a walnut, was confirmed as a pecan in 2001 and captured the crown. …

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