The annual hunt is on for America’s greatest tree! The American Grove, an online community of tree enthusiasts, sponsors the Great American Tree Competition (GATC) to find the nation’s most remarkable trees.
The contest is open to everyone, with a submission deadline of June 8 to www.Americangrove.org. To enter, submit a photograph of the tree and a description of why it is special, along with its location, species, and size, including its estimated height and/or diameter. Multiple photos and multiple submissions per person are permitted. Nominations will be shared via social media, including Facebook (The Grove), Twitter (@plantyourlegacy; #greatamericantree #GATC18), and Instagram (@plantyourlegacy). Nominations may also be submitted as an email attachment to firstname.lastname@example.org.
After the submission period has ended, American Grove members will have 10 business days, until June 22, to cast one vote for their favorite entry. The top five vote winning trees will move on to the next round of the competition. An “all-star” urban forestry panel will determine the winner of the 2018 Great American Tree, which will be announced on July 4. The first place winner will receive $500, second place $250, and third place $100. The winning tree will earn a feature on The American Grove homepage, along with a lasting legacy under the Great American Tree tab to accompany the winners from previous years. Last year’s competition received 30 nominations and 2017’s Great American Tree was the “Pentz Pecan,” a charming hickory in Somerville, TN.
The American Grove is an online community for sharing experiences and knowledge about trees and the benefits they provide to communities throughout the nation. It is managed by the Georgia Urban Forest Council, a nonprofit organization whose mission is to sustain Georgia’s green legacy by partnering with individuals, organizations and communities in raising awareness about improving and maintaining Georgia’s community forests. Assistance is also given by the Georgia Forestry Commission, which provides leadership, service and education in the protection and conservation of Georgia’s forest resources. Learn more at GATrees.org.
Susan Granbery, email@example.com, 478-283-0705
Morgan Garner, Morgan@americangrove.org