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Big Trees of St. Joseph County

Winner of the 2002 Daniel Flaherty Park Excellence in Programming Award

What are the Big Trees of St. Joseph County?

The Big Trees of St. Joseph County celebrates the largest native trees growing within the borders of the county. Area residents are asked to nominate trees and all champion trees are verified by the naturalist staff of the sponsoring agencies.

Who are the sponsoring agencies of the Big Trees program?

The agencies involved in the Big Trees program include the St. Joseph County Parks, the St. Joseph County Cooperative Extension Service, The University of Notre Dame Biological Services, Rum Village Nature center and St. Joseph County Soil & Water Conservation District.

How do we determine champions?

A point index is calculated for each tree using the following formula; the circumference in inches, plus the height in feet, plus 1/4 of the average crown spread. The tree with the highest index is champion.

Click here for a printable nomination form

Meet St. Joseph County’s 2015 Big Tree Champions!