What is a champion tree?
Champion n. [ LL capio, gladiator] 1. one who fights for another or defends a principle or cause. 2. a winner of first place - adj. exceeding all others "“ champion tree n. the largest tree of a certain species in a state, a country or the world.
A champion tree is the largest tree of a species. These trees are measured using the American Forests points (AF points) which is calculated based on the trunk circumference, the height and the average crown spread to give a point value. Most trees are measured (how to measure trees) and nominated for champion status by ordinary people. The nominations (nomination forms) are sent to the state registry or the National Register of Big Trees. Once the nominations are received, the field work begins to confirm the tree's size before it can be declared a champion.