The American Grove has launched its annual competition for the extraordinary tree that will represent the nation’s canopy as 2017's "Great American Tree." The competition theme this year is "trees that epitomize the meaning of summer," such as trees that provide cool summer shade, hold tire swings, or bring back summer memories.

Submissions must be uploaded online by the deadline of August 4. Entries must include a description of why the tree is special, its location, species, size including (estimated) height and/or diameter, and photographs displaying the special characteristics of the nominated tree. Click here to be redirected to our submission page. 

The first place winner will receive $500, second place is $250, and third place is $100. The winning tree will earn a feature on The American Grove homepage, along with a lasting legacy under the Great American Tree tab showing winners from previous years. Our national competition is in its third year.The 2016 Great American Tree was The Largest Tree in Arkansas,’ a champion bald cypress.

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  • Thursday July 20 at noon (Eastern) Janusz Zwiazek, PhD, Professor and Tree Physiologist, University of Alberta, will discuss “Tree Growth & Response in a Changing Climate” on our next 'Urban Forestry Today' webcast. Viewing is free and always entertaining! Access US Forestry Today for more info

    Urban Forestry
    The benefits associated with our urban trees are vast and include carbon sequestration, property value enhancement and numerous aesthetic values. It…
  • Citizen Science and Open Data  in Urban ForestryOpportunities and Challenges
    Wednesday, June 14, 2017 | 1:00 - 2:15pm ET
    National Urban Forest & Science Delivery Team discuss theories and policy of urban forestry while providing  promoting the strength of urban communities. 
  • i-Tree Webinar with Dr. David Nowak, USDA Forest Service, on "i-Tree: the State of the Science"

    Wednesday, May 24, 2017 | 1:00 - 2:00 p.m. (Eastern)

    This month, please join Dr. Nowak, as he discusses the science that is powering i-Tree, and looks at the planned future features of scientific research that i-Tree will offer to users.

    Plan to join this one-hour, interactive session, and learn about the importance and value of science, as we move forward on bringing urban forest inventory and analysis tools to the marketplace.

    For more information on i-Tree 2017, please visit

    PRE-REGISTRATION is required for this session in order to provide the most streamlined user experience.  VISIT TO REGISTER for this FREE webcast.

    For more information, go to the Urban Natural Resources Institute website.

  • Sustainable City Network upcoming webinar, The End of Tree Plague, will take place July 7th & 8th 10 am PDT . This 4-hour 2-day course discusses prevention and removal techniques on the invasive tree pests. Tickets for this online training course can be purchased here.

    The End of Tree Plagues - Webinar Series
    Course Description Instructor Peter MacDonagh, FASLA, PLA, ISA, LEED, RHS How do we blunt Emerald Ash Borer (EAB) losses, stop the next tree plag…
  • GreenBlue Urban podcasts explore the effect of stormwater on urban environments with the help of renown guest speakers. This most recent episode can be accessed here.

    Trees, Stormwater and the Built Environment.
  • Urban Forest Connections directs a monthly webinar series held every second Wednesday of the month from 1-2:15. Tune into their next one on June 14th. A collection of past webinars can be found here.

    Urban Forest Connections Webinar - US Forest Service Research & Development
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