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Non-profit hosts contest to identify Michigan's biggest trees

Coastal Redwood Trees
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Coastal Redwood Trees

The hunt is on for Michigan’s biggest trees. A non-profit is hosting a contest to identify -what they call - “living landmarks”.

The group calls itself ReLeaf. Its 16th Michigan Big Tree Hunt is now open.

The organization is looking for any species. Winners of the contest’s five categories are determined by circumference.

Contest chair Lindsay Lights says the Big Tree Hunt helps ReLeaf track trees as historic living landmarks.

“Some of the oak trees that have won our contest, they’re believed and told to be around since the Revolutionary War times. So there's some history there with that and by finding these trees and noting their location, we can protect them.”

Participants can submit trees by filling out the forum on the organization’s website. Entries are being accepted until August 2024.

Rebecca Particka is a reporter / producer for WCMU.