Wednesday, June 5, 2013
One Big Tree
The Ash family is in the Olive family of trees. They thrived here until the Emerald Ash Borer has about wiped them out. We were walking at Cowan Lake and the campers were sad the the state is taking out all the ash trees because of the borer. The campground will be naked.
What is the biggest tree at your place? I bet those trees could tell a whale of lifetime of stories if they could talk. I know this one could.
"Ohio’s Big Tree Program is a voluntary endeavor to locate, measure, record, and appreciate the largest tree species in our state. The Ohio Division of Forestry is pleased to provide a mechanism that promotes these living monarchs and their environmental legacy. Designation as a Big Tree, through this program, does not confer any special legal status, ownership, or protection.
You can help.
Ohioans can help find more champion-sized trees in back yards, community parks and cemeteries across the state. Big Trees are generally found in yards, parks, arboretums and cemeteries where their size stands out. They are less frequently found in dense forests where trees have much more competition for growth. The Division of Forestry accepts nominations for potential champions. Anyone can nominate a tree. When two trees of the same species are within 5 points of each other they are considered co-Champions. The deadline for entry is July 1 each year.
Nominating forms for Ohio’s Big Trees are available on this site.
Ohio is currently home to 10 national champion Big Trees on the Big Trees registry maintained by American Forests, a conservation organization based in Washington, D.C. Since 1940, American Forests has documented the largest known specimens of every native and naturalized tree in the United States. Each Big Tree receives a score based on trunk circumference, crown spread and total height."