The time has come again for Indiana’s trees to let their freak flags fly.
But first, the Indiana Department of Natural Resources needs the public’s help in finding these woody weirdos.
The DNR Forestry division is accepting submissions for its 2012 “Invasion of the Weird Trees” online publication, which identifies the weirdest tree for each county and is updated every four years.
Submissions can be any species and size. The only requirement is that they be weird.
Past entries in “Invasion of the Weird Trees” have included trees that swallowed signs, trees grown together like conjoined twins, trees with trunks twisted like a snail shell, trees that resemble giant octopuses, and trees with root systems so exposed that it appears they might run away.
Entry deadline for this year’s search is April 30, three days after Arbor Day.
To submit a tree, send at least two non-returnable photographs to Sam Carman, DNR Division of Forestry, 402 W. Washington, Rm. W296, Indianapolis, IN 46204. Digital photos should be emailed to scarman@dnr.IN.gov. Along with the photos, be sure to include your name, address, phone number, and the specific location of the tree, including county.
Based upon your photos, district foresters will narrow the field to the weirdest tree for each county, and these will be included in the 2012 “Invasion of the Weird Trees,” which should be available online in the fall.
To view the current “Invasion,” go to www.in.gov/dnr/forestry/files/fo-InvasionWeirdTrees_2008.pdf.