Now is the perfect time to find a big tree and enter it into the Michigan Big Tree Hunt Contest before the contest closes Sept. 3.
Trees from all Michigan counties are welcome in this celebration of the state’s amazing trees. To date, Michiganders have entered hundreds of trees from 67 of Michigan’s 83 counties, including a willow that measures more than 30 feet in circumference.
When the contest closes, certificates and prizes will be awarded for the largest tree submitted from each Michigan County, the largest tree found by a youth hunter (ages 15 and younger) and adult hunter (ages 16 and older), the largest Eastern white pine found in the state, and for potential state champion trees.
To enter your big tree, visit bigtreehunt.com for an online entry form or for information on where to find a paper entry form.
ReLeaf Michigan, a statewide tree planting and education nonprofit, started the Michigan Big Tree Hunt Contest in 1993 to celebrate the state’s beauty and gather information about Michigan’s biggest trees.
The Michigan Big Tree Hunt Contest is a wonderful way to enjoy the last month of long summer days, according to ReLeaf, which urges Michiganders to grab a friend or family member and hunt for big trees in parks, on nature trails or in backyards.
Contest entries provide potential state champion trees to Michigan’s Big Tree Registry, as well as the National Register of Big Trees. Contest entries are an opportunity for all age groups to help track these vital, historical, living landmarks.
ReLeaf Michigan’s Big Tree Hunt Contest is sponsored by AdventureKEEN, Consumers Energy Foundation, the DTE Energy Foundation, the Michigan Botanical Foundation, and the Michigan Department of Natural Resources’ Urban and Community Forestry Program — and supported in partnership by the Arboriculture Society of Michigan, Huron-Clinton Metroparks and the Michigan Botanical Club.
ReLeaf Michigan, a 31-year-old nonprofit organization, has partnered with more than 400 communities statewide to replenish tree canopies through the planting of 30,000 trees in public spaces at tree planting events. Trees provide many benefits to communities, including shade, increased economic vitality, stormwater reduction and greenhouse gas reduction.