Know of a Giant Tree? ReLeaf Michigan Hosting Michigan Big Tree Hunt Contest
(ReLeaf Michigan, June 15, 2022)
ReLeaf Michigan, the only statewide tree planting and education non-profit organization in Michigan, is currently seeking entries for the 15th biennial Michigan Big Tree Hunt contest. The contest, which offers prizes for identifying the biggest trees in Michigan, is open to participants of all ages.
ReLeaf Michigan started the Michigan Big Tree Hunt in 1993 to celebrate our state’s beauty and create a fun way to gather information about Michigan’s biggest trees. The contest is an opportunity for all age groups to help track these vital historical living landmarks, and it is a great way to bring people, nature, and trees together in an engaging activity.
The contest is also a way to discover eligible trees for the National Register of Big Trees, which is updated every spring and fall by American Forests. American Forests tracks “Champion Trees,” which are the biggest tree of their species reported.
As recently as 2012, Michigan had 23 registered champion trees, but today there are only 5 registered. Since there are hundreds of tree species that don’t yet have registered champions, the Big Tree Hunt is a great opportunity to add to this list and get Michigan trees noticed nationwide.
The largest trees in the state can be found anywhere: a backyard, a local park, or a hiking trail. Certificates and prizes are awarded for the largest tree submitted from each county, for the overall largest tree in different age groups, and for the largest White Pine (Michigan’s state tree).
Even if the tree submitted is not as large as the currently listed state champion of that species, it’s important to still submit, since the current champion may have died or since been removed. More contest details and the entry form are available online at www.bigtreehunt.com.
The contest will accept submissions until August 19, 2022. If you have a question not answered on the website, email email@example.com or call (800) 642-7353.
To see pictures of entries, follow ReLeaf Michigan’s Facebook page, which shares a “Big Tree of the Week” every Monday. All winners will be celebrated at a closing ceremony this fall (details to come), open to all who participated in this contest.
ReLeaf Michigan’s Big Tree Hunt contest is possible thanks to the support of its sponsors. The Premier Sponsor of this year’s contest is Nissan North America. Other sponsors include Consumers Energy Foundation, the Michigan Botanical Foundation, the Michigan Botanical Club, and the Michigan Department of Natural Resources – Urban and Community Forestry Program.
ReLeaf Michigan’s contest is a fun activity for families, friends, or solo adventurers to participate in while enjoying the beauty of Michigan. Now grab your measuring tape, a friend or family member and head into the trees!
Michigan ReLeaf Michigan is the only statewide volunteer non-profit 501(c)(3) tree planting and education organization in Michigan. Its mission is to educate the public on the value of trees and how to properly select, plant and maintain them. Its board is made up primarily of arborists, foresters and researchers who are passionate about preserving one of Michigan’s greatest resources: trees. Since 1988, ReLeaf Michigan has worked with more than 400 communities across the state, planting more than 30,000 trees on public property in Michigan’s cities, townships and villages. Unlike most tree planting organizations, ReLeaf Michigan plants trees that are already substantial in size, resulting in a higher survival rate and more immediate environmental impact. ReLeaf Michigan believes our communities are stronger when they are greener. People are healthier, the air is cleaner, infrastructure is more efficient, and the economy is stronger with trees. Visit www.releafmichigan.org to learn more.