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Monday, April 2, 2012

Deadline approaching for weird tree search

From the Indiana Department of Natural Resources:

All Hoosiers should still be on the lookout for suspicious-looking trees.

Information about these freaks of the forest is wanted by the DNR Division of Forestry in connection with the 2012 “Invasion of the Weird Trees.”

“Invasion of the Weird Trees” is an online publication that identifies the weirdest trees for each county based on submissions from the public. The publication is updated every four years.

Submissions can be any species and size. The only requirement is that they be weird and be a living tree.

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 and trees that resemble giant octopuses.

The forestry division has received dozens of submissions for this year’s update. As the April 30 deadline for submissions approaches, forestry officials want to make sure all weird trees are rounded up.

To submit a tree, email your name, address, phone number, and specific location of the tree, including county to To enter by mail, submit nonreturnable photographs and the same information to Sam Carman, Division of Forestry, 402 W. Washington St., Rm. W296, Indianapolis, IN 46204.

Based upon your photos, district foresters will narrow down the field to the weirdest tree for each county. The 2012 “Invasion of the Weird Trees” should be available online in the fall.

To view the current “Invasion,” go to

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