Head to the forest – the Big Tree Hunt is on

DNR partner ReLeaf Michigan is asking Michiganders to go on a hunt in the forest, and for this adventure, you won’t need camouflage, a license or even a rifle. This is a hunt for forest giants – giant trees, that is.

The 15th biennial Big Tree Hunt is a great opportunity for family fun as searchers explore the outdoors. The Big Tree Hunt, started in 1993 to showcase Michigan’s natural beauty, invites people to find the biggest examples of each tree species, whether they’re growing deep in the state forest or down the street at a local park. The search could reveal new county records, or even a towering new state champion tree.

“The Big Tree Hunt encourages people to dive into nature and learn more about Michigan’s fabulous forest resources,” said DNR Urban and Community Forestry Program coordinator Kevin Sayers.

Searchers have until Aug. 15, 2021, to find the biggest and best trees and submit entries to BigTreeHunt.com. Pictures and a database of previous winners, including a gigantic red oak more than 32 feet around in Osceola County, are available online.

Tree-planting and education nonprofit ReLeaf Michigan and the DNR Urban and Community Forestry Program partner to increase the amount of healthy trees growing in Michigan communities.

Questions? Contact Kevin Sayers at 517-284-5898.