Vandals kill champ. (Clippings).
The owner, who lives some distance from the tree, didn't realize it had been vandalized, It sat several miles out of town off a public gravel road and far out in the middle of irrigated cotton fields.
"Perhaps the vandals had a motive, thinking the tree was drinking too much irrigation water," Zahner says.
Two trees from Arizona have since been nominated to succeed the Pinal County champ; the first grows at Boyce Thompson Southwestern Arboretum in Superior. The second is an urban tree near Chandler.
"It's always sad to lose a champion tree by windstorm, lightning, or fire, and we've lost many, but it is tragic when we lose a tree, any tree, to senseless vandalism," says Zahner.
AMERICAN FORESTS' deadline for nominations for the 2004 Register was July 15; the Register will appear in the Spring 2004 issue of this magazine. View the Register and nominate trees online at www.americanforests.org.
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|Title Annotation:||the country's largest longbeak eucalyptus, Pinal County, Arizona|
|Date:||Jun 22, 2003|
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