2017-10-11 / What's Happening

Shepherd wins annual largest tree contest



Shepherd University is the winner of this year's largest tree contest sponsored by Delegate John Overington. The winner is a southern magnolia, one of several of this species that are located on the 323-acre campus, was announced during the annual Eastern Panhandle Conservation Awards Banquet in Martinsburg. Each year, Overington sponsors a contest to find the largest tree of a specific species in Jefferson, Berkeley and Morgan counties, offering a $500 prize to the tree owners or charity of their choice. This year Overington chose to find the largest magnolia tree. Elisabeth Staro, a volunteer who heads the garden restoration program at Shepherd's historic house, Popodicon, entered one of Shepherd's southern magnolia trees in the contest. Overington will donate the $500 to help with the garden restoration. Left to right: Overington, Staro and Herb Peddicord, Chesapeake Bay watershed forester for the West Virginia Division of Forestry. Shepherd University is the winner of this year's largest tree contest sponsored by Delegate John Overington. The winner is a southern magnolia, one of several of this species that are located on the 323-acre campus, was announced during the annual Eastern Panhandle Conservation Awards Banquet in Martinsburg. Each year, Overington sponsors a contest to find the largest tree of a specific species in Jefferson, Berkeley and Morgan counties, offering a $500 prize to the tree owners or charity of their choice. This year Overington chose to find the largest magnolia tree. Elisabeth Staro, a volunteer who heads the garden restoration program at Shepherd's historic house, Popodicon, entered one of Shepherd's southern magnolia trees in the contest. Overington will donate the $500 to help with the garden restoration. Left to right: Overington, Staro and Herb Peddicord, Chesapeake Bay watershed forester for the West Virginia Division of Forestry.

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