Environmental science teacher Dave Shepard sizes up a possible Big Tree Register candidate during a foray to Messenger Woods Nature Preserve in July. (Photo by Forest Preserve staff | Chad Merda)
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Ultimate tree-hugger hunts for champion trees at Messenger Woods in Homer Glen Dave Shepard is on a mission to nominate Will County trees to the Illinois Big Tree Register. The environmental science teacher trekked to The Forest Preserve District of Will County’s Messenger Woods Nature Preserve in Homer Glen on July 7 to record the size of four trees: jack pine, red pine, black maple and red oak.