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.

The 2019 Great American Tree is... Rosa the Ponderosa Pine of the Black Hills of South Dakota! This tree embodies the American spirit with her resilience and stature. She is a testament to the ever-lasting legacy trees can leave on their community. Rosa has overcome many environmental changes and challenges throughout her 738 years. This tree has stood tall after a lightning strike, bug infestations and the consequences of climate change. Her adaptations and resilience have taught scientists many things about landscape changes in her community. "We have a lot to learn from this great American tree that has been there through all of our histories as a Nation and for so much of history of the Black Hills." Nominated by Rachel Ormseth and Frank Carroll. More here.

We are also happy to announce the cottonwood trees planted by "Pa" Ingalls as our first runner up! These five trees have rich historic roots in South Dakota. More here.

Quamal, one of the world's largest known Douglas firs in the Olympic National Forest in Washington state, is our second runner up. More here

Thanks for your participation in the Great American Tree Competition!

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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2019's Great American Tree is.. Rosa the ponderosa pine! Read more about her here.

Winner announced on July 4th!

GRAND PRIZE: 500$

SECOND PLACE: 250$

THIRD PLACE: 100$