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Champion ash tree damaged by wind

Champion ash tree damaged by wind

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CLAYTON COUNTY (KWWL) -

The Iowa tree that's held the title of nation's largest ash tree since 2011 has lost the crown.
The 114 feet tall black ash tree was the tallest in the country until, a planning team with Iowa Department of Natural Resources discovered the damage on Thursday.
They say a windstorm blew the top of the tree down.
The tree is located on a piece of private property in Clayton County near Pikes Peak State Park.
The tree became the champion in 2011 with it's 110 inches in diameter and a crown spread of 53 feet; a medium sized ash is roughly 50 feet tall.
Officials believe the next national champion will come from a different state, as Iowa doesn't currently have a tree close to those measurements.
Those with the DNR say the tree didn't appear to have any signs of emerald ash borer damage.

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