Meet Vermont’s champion white ash

WESTMINSTER, Vt. – By popular request, there will be a springtime hike to the largest white ash in Vermont on Saturday, May 20 from 9:30 a.m. to noon. The rain date is Sunday, May 21 at 10 a.m.  The tree is located on Windmill Hill Pinnacle Association property off Headwaters Trail in Westminster. Since the tree is not easy to find – unless one has been there before – longtime Pinnacle Association volunteers Arthur and Carol Westing will lead hikers to it. During this free program Arthur Westing, a forester, will discuss the characteristics of a Vermont forest and the factors that affect the health of this truly remarkable specimen, which should be on display in all its leafy glory.

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Pinnacle’s gigantic champion ash was a measurement stretch for enthusiastic hikers. Photo provided

Re-verified at the beginning of 2014 by Windham County Forester Bill Guenther of the Vermont Department of Forests, Parks & Recreation, the tree grew in the ten years since its last measurement and charted a circumference of 205.2 inches and a height of 113 feet, thereby beating out two other Westminster giants for the honor of being the largest White Ash in Vermont.

Participants should wear hiking shoes, bring water, and meet at the Westminster West Church to carpool to the trailhead. Visit www.windmillhillpinnacle.org for information about other upcoming Pinnacle programs and look under Resources on the Windmill Hill Pinnacle Association website for directions to the church.  Please contact the Westings at westing@sover.net for further details and requested registration. Pinnacle is also on Facebook at https://m.facebook.com/windmillhillpinnacle/.

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