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There is less than a week weeks left to represent Luce County in the Michigan Big Tree Hunt.

What’s the biggest tree you’ve ever seen?

Remember the last time you walked up to a huge tree? Across the entire state, big trees are first hunted, then measured to be entered in the Biennial Michigan Big Tree Hunt contest! Non-profit tree planting organization ReLeaf Michigan started this contest to celebrate and help keep track of the biggest trees.

If trees are big enough, ReLeaf Michigan sends them for possible qualification into Michigan’s Big Tree Registry and maybe even the National Register of Big Trees! The contest started in 1994 and aimed to get participation across the entire state! There are currently entries from 75 out of Michigan’s 84 counties.

Currently, Luce County has no representation in the contest! There is still time. Our current contest ends on August 19. Please help us reach statewide participation by entering a big tree in your county!

The largest trees in the state can be found anywhere: a backyard, a local park, or a hiking trail. Certificates and prizes are awarded for the largest tree submitted from each county, the largest tree in different age groups, and the largest White Pine (Michigan’s state tree). Even if the tree submitted is not as large as the currently listed state champion of that species, it’s important to submit still since the current champion may have died or been removed.

You can submit your big tree by using our online entry form or mailing in an entry form. Paper entry forms are found across Michigan in libraries, state parks, and other nature centers. A downloadable and printable pdf is available on our website. releafmichigan.org/big-tree-hunt.html .

If mailing in your entry, give us a call, so we know it’s coming since we are so close to the end of the contest. If you have any trouble with the entry form, please contact Lindsay at lforintos@releafmichigan.org. You can also call (800) 642-7353.

Thank you to our premier sponsor Nissan North America. Additional thanks to our sponsors, Michigan DNR, Consumers Energy, ISA Michigan, The Michigan Botanical Club, Michigan Botanical Foundation, Department of Forestry – Michigan State University.

About ReLeaf Michigan
ReLeaf Michigan is the only statewide volunteer non-profit 501(c)(3) tree planting and education organization in Michigan. Its mission is to educate the public on the value of trees and how to select, plant, and maintain them properly. Its board is made up primarily of arborists, foresters, and researchers passionate about preserving one of Michigan’s most significant resources: trees.
Since 1988, ReLeaf Michigan has worked with more than 400 communities across the state, planting more than 30,000 trees on public property in Michigan’s cities, townships, and villages. Unlike most tree planting organizations, ReLeaf Michigan plants trees that are already substantial in size, resulting in a higher survival rate and more immediate environmental impact.

ReLeaf Michigan believes our communities are stronger when they are greener. People are healthier, the air is cleaner, infrastructure is more efficient, and the economy is stronger with trees. Visit releafmichigan.org to learn more.