Magazine article American Forests

Nominating a Champ

Magazine article American Forests

Nominating a Champ

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1. Correct name of the species or variety (only U.S. native and naturalized species are eligible). If you need help with identification, call your local Parks, Forest Service, or Extension office.

2. Circumference of the tree in inches at 4 1/2 feet above the ground. If there is a fork at this point, measure the smallest circumference below the fork. If it branches below 4 1/2 feet, measure the largest single stem at 4 1/2 feet.

3. Vertical height of the tree to the nearest foot.

4. Average diameter of the crown to the nearest foot. Measure the widest spread of the crown and the narrowest, then add them together and divide by two.

5. Location.

6. Date measured and by whom.

7. Name and address of owner.

8. Clear photograph with date taken.

9. Description of the tree's physical condition.

10. Name and address of nominator.

Send to: National Register of Big Trees, AMERICAN FORESTS, P.O. Box 2000, Washington, DC 20013.

For the most complete information on measuring big trees, see our web site,


To be eligible for listing in the National Register of Big Trees, a species must be recognized as native or naturalized in the United States (species found only in Hawaii are not included). Hybrids and minor varieties are excluded. There are 826 eligible species and varieties: 747 native and 79 naturalized. To determine eligibility, AMERICAN FORESTS uses Elbert L. …

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