Champion Trees Sought

You may have a champion tree in your front yard.

The Oklahoma Dept. of Agriculture, Food, and Forestry is asking Oklahomans to nominate trees for the Oklahoma Champion Tree Registry.

Since the early 1960s Oklahoma Forestry Services has searched out and recorded the largest trees of each species occurring across the state. The list is updated and published periodically and currently, there are more than 100 champion and co-champion trees listed.

“Many homeowners and landowners take great pride in having the largest specimen of a particular tree species in their yard,” said Alanna McFarland, Champion Tree Coordinator for Oklahoma Dept. of Agriculture, Food, & Forestry. “Oklahoma Champion Trees will also be submitted to the National Big Tree Registry.”

You don’t have to be a forester to nominate a tree. Simply visit to view the registry and download the application. Once a nomination is received an Oklahoma Forestry Services forester will contact you to obtain an official measurement.

Nominations are accepted from rural and urban areas across the state. The deadline for the 2011 – 2012 Oklahoma Champion Tree Registry is August 15, 2010. Champions will reign for two years and property owners will receive a certificate from Oklahoma Forestry Services.

For more information, contact Alanna McFarland at (405) 522-6158 or email