Queets Spruce, Olympic National Forest

Queets Spruce, Olympic National Forest

A champion tree is the largest tree of a species. These trees are measured using the American Forests points (AF points) which is calculated based on the trunk circumference, the height and the average crown spread to give a point value. Most trees are measured (how to measure trees) and nominated for champion status by ordinary people. The nominations are sent to the state registry or the Champion Trees National Register. Once the nominations are received, the field work begins to confirm the tree's size before it can be declared a champion.


NATIONAL CHAMPION(NC), STATE CHAMPION(SC), PENDING VERIFICATION (PV), CO-CHAMPION(-CO) 

 

State Coordinator: Robert Van Pelt


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Nomination Form Submittal 

Forms can be submitted anytime of the year. Nominations are not reviewed by a committee nor go through any process of legislation. This program archives tree dimensions, but does not serve any protection for trees nominated. Permission from land owners is not required for nominations in the Champion Tree Registry, however it is recommended. 

1. Download and fill out form

2. Attach photographs 

3. Send via email: info@ascendingthegiants.org 

or send to 1546 Emerald Lake Way Bellingham, WA 98226


UNDER THE Washingto CHAMPION TREE REGISTRY, A TREE IS DEFINED BY THE FOLLOWING:

  • A native or non-invasive naturalized plant
  • One erect perennial stem or trunk at least 3 inches in diameter at 4.5 feet above the ground
  • A more or less definitely formed crown of foliage
  • A height of at least 13 feet

AMERICAN FOREST POINTS:

To nominate a tree to become a champion, you need three measurements:

  • Trunk Circumference 
  • Height
  • 1/4 Average Crown Spread

Trees of the same species are compared using the following calculation:

Trunk Circumference (inches) + Height (feet) + ¼ Average Crown Spread (feet) = Total Points


books:

 Forest Giants of the Pacific Coast   Robert Van Pelt

Forest Giants of the Pacific Coast 

Robert Van Pelt

 Forest Giants of the World   Al Carder

Forest Giants of the World 

Al Carder

 Champion Trees of Washington State   Robert Van Pelt

Champion Trees of Washington State 

Robert Van Pelt