About the Contest ReLeaf Michigan created the Michigan Big Tree Hunt contest in 1993. Before the contest, Paul Thompson, a brilliant botanist, searched for Michigan’s big trees and kept records since the early forties. Today, we encourage Big Tree Hunting among all age groups to assist tree experts with tracking these vital historical living landmarks.
We forward the winning entries to the State Coordinator of the Michigan Big Tree Program, who reviews them for inclusion in the State Champion Tree List. These champions are considered for the National Register of Big Trees issued every two years by American Forests. Last contest, Michigan had 19 registered National Champions.
We're looking for the biggest trees in each county so send in your entries even if you see a bigger tree of that species on the state's list. After all, trees die and are cut down so we need to track as many big trees as we can.
Flex your Michigan pride by helping us highlight our beautiful trees!
Who Should Participate? Anyone can! The Michigan Big Tree Hunt is a great activity for families, groups of friends, fun dates, or solo adventurers. By identifying big trees you can take part in a statewide effort to track these living landmarks. You could find the largest tree in your county or even the state! The biggest trees are nominated for the State Champion Tree List and possibly entered into the official National Register of Big Trees.
Contest Details Win prizes! ReLeaf Michigan's Big Tree Hunt committee will review all submissions. Winners will be announced at a special ceremony in 2019 where certificates and prizes will be awarded. Details will be announced in 2018.
Tree must be living and accessible for verification
Tree trunk circumference is measured at 4 ½ feet above ground (see image above)
Include tree species if possible
Questions? More details will be announced in early 2018. If you have a question in the meantime, contact us at 1-800-642-7353 or email@example.com.