July 25, 2013

State of Alabama
Press Release: Forestry Commission, Alabama

Alabama Forestry Commission Announces New Champion Trees for 2013


The results are in, and it appears that the popularity of Alabama’s Champion Tree program continues to be at a high level. A total of 27 trees were nominated for 2013, and there are 12 new champions! 
 
Five of these trees defeated a 2012 champion, while four filled vacancies for species that did not have a current champion. The other three tied as co-champions with current champions as their total scores are in such close proximity to each other. With the addition of these new trees (and eliminating those champions that have died), Alabama now has a total of 143 champion trees.


    
          The new
2013 champions, along with their nominators and owners, are listed below:

TREE SPECIES

COUNTY

NOMINATOR

OWNER

Alder, Hazel

Talladega

John McBride

Allen McBride

Beech, American

Jackson

C. John Brewer

C. John Brewer

Buckeye, Red

Wilcox

Tommy Lawler

Tommy & Jeanell Lawler

Cypress, Pond

Mobile

Gena Todia & Fred Nation

Alabama State Port Authority

Maple, Silver

Jackson

Josh Angel & Adam Ziegenbein

Ron & Dianne Lee

Oak, Live

Mobile

Mayor Donald E. Nelson

Sandy Howard

Oak, Overcup

Dallas

Tom Wasmer

Tom Wasmer

Oak, Post

Chilton

Lee Roy Dennis

Lee Roy Dennis

Oak, White

Colbert

Darryl Rutland

Jeff Mitchell

Pine, Slash

Mobile

Gena Todia & Fred Nation

Alabama State Port Authority

Plum, American

Talladega

John McBride

Camp Mac

Sumac, Winged

Talladega

John McBride

Camp Mac

 

The purpose of the Champion Tree program is to discover, recognize, and preserve the largest tree of each species in Alabama. Anyone can nominate a tree for Champion Tree designation; however, an Alabama Forestry Commission (AFC) forester is responsible for collecting the tree’s measurements.

 

 When determining a champion, three of the tree’s components are taken into consideration: circumference, height, and crown spread. The formula used to determine the size of a tree is as follows: one point for each inch of circumference, plus one point for each foot of height, plus one point for each four feet of the average crown spread.

 

For a tree to be eligible for the Champion Tree program it must be a species that is recognized as native or naturalized in Alabama. A naturalized tree is an “introduced” species that has established itself in the wild, reproducing naturally and spreading. 

 

Once a new champion is identified, both its owner and nominator receive a certificate. AFC county personnel present the nominator with a permanent tree marker that is placed in proximity to the base of the tree. New champions are added to the Champion Trees of Alabama publication which can be found on the AFC website at: www.forestry.alabama.gov.

 

If you know of a tree that you think might be the largest of its species in the state, you are encouraged to send in a nomination. To complete a nomination form on-line, visit the AFC website and click on the “Champion Tree Program” fast link found on the home page. Nomination forms are also available in county AFC offices that can be mailed or faxed. Although nominations may be sent in year-round, they must be received by the program coordinator no later than June 1, 2014, for a tree to be eligible for Champion Tree designation in 2014. Before sending a nomination, you are strongly encouraged to review the measurements of the current champion to get an idea if the candidate tree’s score has a chance of defeating it. After all, there are millions of “big” trees in Alabama, but to be a CHAMPION it must be THE BIGGEST!

Download Alabama's Champion Tree Publication

 

The mission of the Alabama Forestry Commission is to protect and sustain Alabama’s forest resources using professionally applied stewardship principals and education, ensuring that the state’s forests contribute to abundant timber and wildlife, clean air and water, and a healthy economy. To learn more about the AFC or the Champion Tree program, visit www.forestry.alabama.gov.



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