More Than 40 New National Champion
Big Trees Crowned
American Forests Releases the Spring 2013 National Register of Big Trees
Washington, D.C.; April 29, 2013 — From coast to coast — and an ocean away — some of the biggest trees in the nation have new bragging rights today, as American Forests unveiled the spring 2013 update to its National Register of Big Trees. More than 40 new trees were declared the biggest of their species today with the release of the National Register, which contains a total of almost 780 national champion and co-champion trees. Highlights include:
- Oregon has 26 national champion trees, with newcomers including a ponderosa pine and blue-myrtle blueblossom.
- Two co-champion palm coconut trees in Hawaii have been dethroned by a bigger palm also located in Hawaii.
- Texas moves into second place, overtaking Arizona, with 90 national champions, including co-champion anacua trees, nutmeg hickory, delta post oak and mescalbean sophora, and Florida remains the state with the most national champions.
- Kentucky has a new co-champion American basswood. The tree is located next to Henry Clay’s tomb in historic Lexington Cemetery.
- Unfortunately, six of South Carolina’s national champion trees have been dethroned due to the “10-year rule.” Trees that have not been re-measured in the last 10 years are removed from the register, as the trees need to be checked to confirm their health and condition.
With the release of its spring 2013 National Register of Big Trees, American Forests also proudly unveils its all-new Tree Protection Toolkit. American Forests developed the toolkit to provide guidance and instruction on how to save and protect trees locally. Unlike most things, which depreciate with age, trees appreciate in value over time and provide more benefits as they get older, which is why it’s important to protect treasured trees from destruction.
“Trying to figure out how to save a threatened tree can be a daunting task,” says Sheri Shannon, American Forests National Big Tree Program coordinator. “We hope that this toolkit will be a valuable resource for people who want to take action and preserve the trees they love.”
Sometimes, prized trees in yards, neighborhoods, communities or even national forests find themselves in danger from diseases, pests, storms and — too often — the consequences of living alongside humans. The toolkit includes information about ways to determine why a particular tree is important, how to consult an arborist, which departments within a municipality are responsible for handling tree and land-use issues, how to calculate the value of a tree and the process for nominating a tree for American Forests’ National Register of Big Trees.
Sponsored by The Davey Tree Expert Company, the National Register of Big Trees accepts nominations for national champions year round, and American Forests releases an updated version of the register twice per year. The National Register of Big Trees records the largest trees of each species in the United States based on height, circumference and average crown spread.
Since 1940, American Forests National Big Tree Program has promoted the importance of planting and caring for trees and forests in helping to sustain healthy ecosystems and life on Earth. The program has campaigned to locate, protect and save the biggest specimens of every native and naturalized tree species in the United States.
Learn more about the National Big Tree Program, view the spring 2013 National Register of Big Trees and consult the new Tree Protection Toolkitat http://www.americanforests.org/bigtrees. The fall 2013 edition of the register will be released in October.
About The Davey Tree Expert Company
The Davey Tree Expert Company, with U.S. and Canadian operations in 45 states and five provinces, provides a variety of tree care, grounds maintenance and consulting services for the residential, commercial, utility and government markets. Davey is the premiere sponsor of the National Register of Big Trees and has been committed to developing new technologies to support the environment for more than a century. For more information, visit www.davey.com.
About American Forests
The National Big Tree Program is part of American Forests’ mission to restore and protect urban and rural forests. Founded in 1875, the organization has served as a catalyst for many of the most important milestones in the conservation movement, including the founding of the U.S. Forest Service, the national forest and national park systems, the creation of the modern environmental movement, and literally thousands of forest ecosystem restoration projects and public education efforts. Since 1990, American Forests has planted more than 44 million trees in forests throughout the U.S. and beyond, resulting in cleaner air and drinking water, restored habitat for wildlife and fish, and the removal of millions of tons of carbon from the atmosphere. Learn more at www.americanforests.org.