Sightings of state’s largest trees for Big Tree Hunt wanted

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Residents are asked to be on the lookout for Michigan's largest trees in this year's Big Tree Hunt

Whether you’re out in the woods or skateboarding through city streetscapes this summer, keep your eyes open – you may spot one of Michigan’s largest trees!

The 14th Big Tree Hunt runs through Sept. 3, 2019. Started by ReLeaf Michigan in 1993, it takes place every two years and helps catalog the state’s biggest trees. Your assignment: Seek out the most majestic trees in your area and report them, because tree-spotters can earn certificates and prizes.

“This is a really fun reason to get out and enjoy nature,” said Melinda Jones, executive director of ReLeaf Michigan. “It also helps raise awareness and enjoyment of the trees in our landscape.” 

The Big Tree Hunt is one way to discover candidates for the National Register of Big Trees, which so far includes 19 Michigan trees. The biggest tree spotted on the last hunt is a sycamore in Lenawee County with a 315-inch girth.

ReLeaf Michigan is a nonprofit that encourages planting trees. Additional Big Tree Hunt sponsors include the DNR, the Arboriculture Society of Michigan, the Consumers Energy Foundation, the DTE Energy Foundation and the Michigan Botanical Club. Learn more about the DNR’s Urban and Community Forestry Program at

Entries, either online or hard copy, will be accepted until Sept. 3, 2019. Find out how to participate by visiting, calling 800-642-7353 or emailing  

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