Looking for the “BIG TREES” of St. Joseph County
The St. Joseph County Parks are now accepting nominations for The Big Trees of St. Joseph County, a list of the largest of each of our native tree species. The response to this program has been outstanding in past years, but the program is continually seeking new nominations. Categories which have no current champion include American Beech, Shagbark Hickory and Sassafras. To nominate a tree, please pick up a nomination form at any of the St. Joseph County Parks, Rum Village Nature Center, St. Joseph County Soil and Water Conservation District Office or Purdue Extension of St. Joseph County. The deadline to submit nominations is September 1, 2019.
Big Trees program coordinator, Amal Farrough, is looking forward to reviewing this year’s nominations. “It’s always fun to see a champion big tree win several years in a row, but new, even larger champions, are wonderful to see too!” Area naturalists will verify the nominations in the fall.
The St. Joseph County Parks organize the Big Trees of St. Joseph County in a cooperative effort with Rum Village Nature Center, St. Joseph County Soil and Water Conservation District, Purdue Extension of St. Joseph County, and the University of Notre Dame’s Department of Biological Sciences.
For a current list of champions or to obtain a nomination form, which includes a list of eligible species, call 574/654-3155. Nomination forms are also available on the county park’s website at www.sjcparks.org.