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A family from Allegan County shows off their large silver maple tree they entered in the Michigan Big Tree Hunt Contest.

 Now is the time to find a Michigan big tree and enter it into the Michigan Big Tree Hunt Contest, before the contest closes Sept. 3.  Trees from all Michigan counties are welcome in this celebration of Michigan’s amazing trees.

 To date, Michiganders have entered hundreds of trees from 67 of Michigan’s 83 counties, including a willow that measures over 30 feet in circumference.

 When the contest closes, certificates and prizes will be awarded for the largest tree submitted from each Michigan county, the largest tree found by a youth hunter (15 and younger) and adult hunter (16 and older), the largest Eastern White Pine found in the state and for potential state champion trees.

 To enter your big tree, visit bigtreehunt.com for an online entry form or for information on where to find a paper entry form.

 ReLeaf Michigan, a statewide tree planting and education nonprofit, started the Michigan Big Tree Hunt in 1993 to celebrate our state’s beauty and gather information about Michigan’s biggest trees. Contest entries provide potential state champion trees to Michigan’s Big Tree Registry as well as the National Register of Big Trees. Contest entries are a wonderful opportunity for all age groups to help track these vital, historical, living landmarks.

 If you have a question not answered on the website, email info@ReLeafMichigan.org or call (800) 642-7353.

 ReLeaf Michigan’s Big Tree Hunt contest is sponsored by AdventureKEEN, Consumers Energy Foundation, the DTE Energy Foundation, the Michigan Botanical Foundation and the Michigan Department of Natural Resources — Urban and Community Forestry Program and supported in partnership by the Arboriculture Society of Michigan, Huron-Clinton Metroparks and the Michigan Botanical Club.

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