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Opinion/Editorial: Time to go on safari

Opinion/Editorial: Time to go on safari

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Well, this sounds like a cool idea!

In the cool of the winter, go on safari.

A local photo safari, that is.

Charlottesville Parks & Recreation is sponsoring the safari, which is focused (pun intended) on what are called Landmark Trees.

These trees have been singled out as particularly noteworthy, and information about them has been collected by the Charlottesville Area Tree Stewards and posted on their website.

You can participate in the safari by searching out these trees for yourself and uploading your results in order to qualify to win a hammock from Eagles Nest Outfitters.

The site lists 10 Landmark Trees, with information for each one to help you find it. Go to https://www.notabletrees.org/landmark-trees/ and click on the photos find out more about each tree. (Note: The name of a city park and a photo at another location are outdated there, but that shouldn’t hamper your search).

You only have to find and document seven of the 10. But to do that, you’ll need the iNaturalist app for your phone. The app can help you snap a photo of the tree and identify it. Photos will need to document that you visited each tree; you can send them to Parks & Rec by email either by linking to the photos on iNaturalist or giving your iNaturalist username. The email submission form appears at https://www.charlottesville.gov/1405/Landmark-Tree-Photo-Safari. Deadline is Feb. 25.

Sounds cool, right?

And here’s our own mini-challenge: See if you can find the tree that is the 10th largest of its species in the entire state of Virginia.

Good luck!

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