Iowa’s largest sycamore, at Geode State Park, is shown after fire was extinguished on Feb. 19, 2024, near Danville, Iowa. (photo/DNR)

The Iowa Department of Natural Resources is seeking information on a suspicious fire at Geode State Park that severely damaged the state’s largest sycamore tree.

According to the DNR, the tree, in southeastern Iowa near Danville, was reported burning on Sunday, Feb. 18, 2024.

Iowa’s largest sycamore is shown at Geode State Park. (photo/DNR)

The tree has been certified as the largest sycamore in Iowa. While the exact age is unknown, the sycamore is estimated to be around 350 years old, based on circumference and other measurements.

According to Park Ranger Andrew Kuckler, a visitor alerted staff that a tree in the park was burning. While the fire was extinguished, the tree was severely damaged and its survival is uncertain. The cause of the fire is unknown.

“We are encouraging anyone who may have information about the fire to contact us,” said Kuckler. Callers can remain anonymous.

DNR Contact: Andrew Kuckler, Park Ranger, Geode State Park (319) 392-4601

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The Geode State Park sycamore burning on the night of Feb. 18, 2024, near Danville, Iowa. (photo/DNR)