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Big Tree

Hank Bailey, of the Grand Traverse Band of Ottawa and Chippewa Indians, prepares trees cloned from the champion black willow in the background, with David Milarch, of the Champion Tree Project, Bill Watson, of the Northwest Michigan Youth Corp and Jerry Luskey, also from the tribe. Between 3,000 and 4,000 trees were cloned from the champion tree in Traverse City.