Our 5th annual Great American Tree compeition received 25 nominations! We have tallied over 6,000 votes on outstanding trees that each uniquely represent our nation's beautiful and diverse canopy. Our top 3 trees with the most member votes are (in no particular order): Quamal the douglas fir, Rosa the ponderosa pine, and the cottonwood trees.

These trees will be ranked by our all-star urban forestry panel. Our winner will be annouced on July 4th!

Top Three Member Voted Trees

Family Oak

"My maternal grandparents, the Eernisses lived in Santa Fe, TX, known well today because of the school shooting last year. 

In 1954, my mother Joyce, then expecting my brother accompanied my grandfather, her dad Milton down to the woods and selected a 2-3” diameter oak to plant in the back yard of the new family home. 

The photo shows that tree now estimated at 70 years old. It trunk us over 5’ in diameter, its over 60’ tall, and the canopy averages 75-100’ in diameter. The tree has withstood several major hurricanes that have torn up nearby Galveston and the surrounding area. 

Today my Uncle Mangum, my mother’s third brother, lives in the family home and cares for this beautiful oak. If only it could talk and tell the stories of countless family reunions and games of tag enjoyed under the shade of this tree for going on six generations of Eernisses. "

Nominated by: Gordon W Stanley

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Winner announced on July 4th!