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25 Years with the Davey Tree Expert Company

2013 National Register of Big Trees Calendar

The Davey Tree Expert Company won an award for the 2013 National Register of Big Trees Calendar

Next year will be a big year for American Forests, as we celebrate the 75th year of the National Big Tree Program. Prompted by forester Joseph Sterns’ 1940 article, “Let’s Find and Save the Biggest Trees,” in this very magazine, the program began that year with the goal of locating the largest native trees across the country in order to preserve them and educate the public about their importance. It proved to be a huge success: Two years after the launch, 500 trees were reported to American Forests by 700 individuals involved in the big tree hunt.

Next year also marks the 25th anniversary of another milestone for our beloved Big Tree Program: the beginning of our partnership with the Davey Tree Expert Company, the program’s premier sponsor. Since 1989, Davey has helped increase awareness about our champion trees and the vital role they play in the environment. Today, the program involves participants from all 50 states and the District of Columbia and it has served as inspiration for similar programs across the globe, including Korea and New Zealand. There are now more than 800 champion and co-champion trees from some 786 different species.

2014 National Register of Big Trees Calendar

2014 National Register of Big Trees Calendar

One prominent example of the recognition that the Davey Tree Expert Company has helped us to achieve is the popular calendar, featuring stunning photography of current champion trees. This calendar has been a success not only for the program but also for its publishers. In August, Davey was presented with a Silver Award of Achievement for best overall calendar by the Garden Writers Association.

American Forests and the Davey Tree Expert Company will release a special anniversary edition of the calendar for 2015. To learn more, visit

October 13th, 2014|Tags: |3 Comments


  1. julea October 22, 2014 at 8:29 am - Reply

    thanks for making us aware.i bought n planted a few too in my backyard.the benzie conservation outlet in michigan is really good.1st time i bought tree and plants from in spring i will buy and plant more.and tell people.its awesome to whatch a tree grow into something wonderful.and think i did that!i planted that cool.not to mention more fresh morning oxygen.thankyou hope to hear n read more.

  2. Jean Harkin October 24, 2014 at 6:40 pm - Reply

    Hi– How do I order Davey’s Big Tree calendar for 2015? I went to the site and didn’t see how to order a calendar, neither did I receive a response when I contacted them. I would REALLY love to have the 2015 calendar. Please let me know how to order.


  3. Mary Starbuck March 31, 2015 at 5:37 pm - Reply

    Where can I get a 2015 big tree calendar?

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