Celebrating freaks of the forest
The Indiana Department of Natural Resources is looking for freaks to line the pages of a quadrennial guidebook of a most unusual sort. Before finalizing the 2012 edition of "Invasion of the Weird Trees," an online publication that identifies the weirdest trees in each county based on public submissions, the forestry division is calling Hoosiers to document the state's trees. "The only requirement is that they be weird and be a living tree," the call for submissions stated. "Weird" in the past has applied to "trees that swallowed signs, trees grown together like conjoined twins, trees with trunks twisted like a snail shell and trees that resemble giant octopuses." Submit weirdness by April 30. Entries can be emailed or mailed with non-returnable photographs along with your name, address, phone number, and specific location of the tree, including county, to Sam Carman 402 W. Washington St., Rm. W296, Indianapolis, IN 46204 or scarman@dnr.IN.gov.