ReLeaf Michigan, a non-profit tree planting and education organization, celebrated the conclusion of its biennial Big Tree Hunt contest, which awards participants for identifying the biggest trees in Michigan.
Running from spring 2018 through fall 2019, more than 700 entries were sent in from people all across the state, including 80 of Michigan’s 83 counties. The winning entry for each county was verified on-site by professional arborists and foresters. The trees were found in all sorts of places, including backyards, local parks, cemeteries and hiking trails. Since many trees are on private property, the specific location of every winning tree is not made public.
ReLeaf Michigan began the Big Tree Hunt in 1993 to celebrate Michigan’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 get outside, enjoy trees, and help track these vital historical living landmarks. For more information, including photos and the winners list by county, click here.