Nominating a Champion

Locating a tree to nominate is the first task in the nomination process.  The easiest way to do this is to keep your eyes open when outside!  The next champion might be only a stroll or hike away.  Keep in mind that not all champions are giants.  Look for both native and naturalized tree species, as well as shrub species.

Under the Champion Tree Registry, "any woody plant having one erect perennial stem or trunk at least 3 inches in diameter at 4.5 feet above the ground, a more or less definitely formed crown of foliage, and a height of at least 13 feet" is considered a "tree" and can be nominated.




Searching for a specific tree species may be a good way to begin your big tree search. There are several books that can provide information to help with identification.  You also will need the current register to see how your tree measures up to the current champion.  Keep in mind that current champs can be "dethroned" and that there are several species without a state champion listing.

A
nomination form must be filled out for each nominated tree. Nomination instructions explain how to provide the information that is required, including:

  • Common and scientific name

  • Height

  • Circumference

  • 1/4 Crown spread

  • Date measured and by whom

  • Exact location (GPS and map)

  • Owner's name and address

  • Nominator's name and address

  • Any additional information Photograph

A PDF version of nomination form may be downloaded here. 





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