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    People love big trees, people love to find big trees, and people love to find big trees in the place they call home. Having been suspicious for years, my coauthor and historian Rob Whetsell, approached me with a species identification challenge. There are several photographs of giant trees used by many people to illustrate the past forests of West Virginia, specifically, these photographs are claimed to be of a giant white oak (Quercus alba) in Tucker County, West Virginia. Rob was sure these were of a species not found in West Virginia…and he was right.

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    Thomas-Van Gundy, Melissa; Whetsell, Robert. 2016. West Virginia's big trees: setting the record straight. Journal of Forestry. 114(5): 582-583.

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