City to Hold Co-Champion Tree Ceremony


CONTACT: Teresa Lee, or (334) 595-0102

October 8, 2014


In late July, the City of Prattville was notified that a Southern Magnolia tree located near the Autauga Creek Wastewater Treatment Plant was declared a Co-Champion Tree in the State of Alabama. The tree is located on Reuben Gardner's land and is now tied with two other Southern Magnolias as the largest of its species recorded in Alabama. This tree is now one of 147 Champions distributed throughout 48 of 67 Alabama counties.

Through the joint efforts of Dale Gandy, Facilities Division Superintendent, and Deven Peek, Urban Management Division Superintendent, we were able to submit the tree for consideration by the Alabama Forestry Commission. With property owner Reuben Gardner's permission, Alabama Forestry Champion Tree Program Coordinator Brian Hendricks measured the Southern Magnolia to find that it qualified as a Co-Champion Tree.

In September, Alabama Forestry informed us that they had an honorary marker to place in proximity of the tree.

We hope that you will join us on October 15th at 10 a.m. for the marker placement ceremony by Alabama Forestry. We will meet at the Autauga Creek Wastewater Treatment Plant and walk down the path to the tree from there.

Co-Champion Tree Ceremony
Autauga Creek Wastewater Treatment Plant
Reuben Road
October 15th, 2014 at 10 a.m.