The State's Biggest Tree Grows In Mt. Morris

This week…in the First Light…look around the state…Illinois Public Radio’s Susan Stephens found an unusual way to celebrate the state’s bicentennial. The combination of warmer weather and spring blooms is luring people outdoors. A new forest preserve in Ogle County promises to become a popular destination. It offers something no other place in Illinois can claim

 The state's biggest tree has been growing at the new Bald Hill Forest Preserve in Mt. Morris for 200 years (photo courtesy of Susan Stephens/WNIJ)

The state's biggest tree has been growing at the new Bald Hill Forest Preserve in Mt. Morris for 200 years (photo courtesy of Susan Stephens/WNIJ)

 Yes, that's a grown adult standing at the base of the state's biggest tree (photo courtesy of Terry Schuster)

Yes, that's a grown adult standing at the base of the state's biggest tree (photo courtesy of Terry Schuster)