The Great American Tree Competition
Trees work hard for us every day. They give us clean air, cooler temperatures, nourishment and they even mitigate floods. In celebration of trees’ innumerable accomplishments and the benefits they provide, the American Grove promotes the Great American Tree Competition (GATC) every year to commemorate the country’s most remarkable trees.
2020’s Great American Tree is..
The Douglas fir of Washington! Our 6th annual competition has come to a conclusion with the announcement of this beautiful tree from the pacific northwest. “One of the largest Douglas firs (Pseudotsuga menziesii) in Washington State. It is located deep within the Gifford Pinchot National Forest, west of Mount Adams,” the 77 year old nominator, Darvel, writes.
“My twin brother (age 77) is standing next to the base (of the picture below). The giant tree has a circumference at breast height (CBH) of 34.6 ft and is about 280 ft tall. We estimate its age at about 500 years.” Darvel and his brother have bonded over the search of giant trees since childhood. As adults they used measuring tape and compasses to map the size and location of giant red cedars. The American Grove team hopes that these brothers continue their search for bigger and bolder trees. we hope that they also continue to share those monumental photos with fellow tree-enthusiasts of our online community.
Our runner up is a water oak from American Grove’s home state! This Georgia grown tree is one of the largest and oldest in the county. The local ecosystem greatly depends on this tree. At least 8 different bird species have been found living in this tree.. don’t even get us started on the bug diversity!
Our second runner is a dogwood from Emerson, NJ. This neighborhood tree was nominated by the Mackenzie family for its awe striking beauty. Many who drive by this tree can’t help but stop to admire this tree and it’s magnificent natural beauty.
Check back spring of 2021 for updates on our 7th annual Great American Tree Competition!