Big Tree Contest
Prizes awarded for Largest Softwood & Largest Hardwood. Also Bonus Tree for Records. A Large Aspen of Larch receive a Hat from Big Tree Contest.
Sponsored by: Nova Scotia Forest Technicians Association
Who May Enter: Any Forest Technician employed in Nova Scotia
What Tree Species: Any Native live species of Nova Scotia
Measurements: Height - To the nearest metre of foot. Diameter - To the nearest centimeter or inch
NOTE: Trees entered in contest must be measured and witnessed by NSFTA member
CLOSING DATE: January 1 of every year
Big Tree Contest (PUBLIC PARTICIPATION)
Guidelines for Entrants of Big Trees. Open to Public
- All trees must be alive at time of submission.
- Trees can be native or non-native to the province.
- All trees must be measured and if possible photographed. G.P.S. of map grid by a NSFTA member.
- Permission must be given by the owner of the tree to be entered for measurements and documenting the tree.
- More than one tree per person per year can be submitted to the NSFTA Big Tree committee if more than one species is submitted by the same person.
- Certificates will be awarded by the NSFTA Big Tree committee to those persons who submit the three largest trees.
- Contestants must have the trees submitted before January 1.
- A total point system will determine the winners for the contest. For example. Ht: 20 metres Dia: 70 metres Total points = 90 pts.
History of the Big Tree Contest
The Big Tree Contest was established during the early 1970's with Mr. George Lake as Chairman. During that period there was a good deal of interest in the contest and a list of the entrants was recorded.
In 1983 Bart Wainwright was appointed Chairman of The Big Tree Contest and held that title until 1986 when yours truly was nominated as Chairman to the present time.
Since 1986 the contest was open to Forest Technicians with the province and there has been a fairly good response. Posters were developed and mailed throughout the province concerning the contest before the Annual Nova Scotia Forest Technicians Association Meetings.
From 1986 to the present all trees submitted to the contest are scored by totalling the height of the trees and the diameter.
Red Spruce = Height 30 metres
Diameter 80 cm.
Total Points 110 pts.
The Largest hardwood tree entered in the contest, until 1980, was an Oak. The tree was found by Leslie Cameron and located at Waugh's River, Colchester County. The circumference was 14 feet 9 inches with a height of 89 feet.
R.J. MacNair entered the largest softwood tree (White Pine) until 1980, located at Watford, Lunenburg County with a circumference of 11 feet 6 inches and a height of 116 feet.
The largest softwood tree overall recorded since 1980 was submitted by Gerald Richards. The species was a White Pine measuring 29 metres in height with a diameter of 101 centimetres, for a total score of 130 points. The tree is located near West New Annan, Colchester County.
The largest hardwood tree submitted since 1980 was a White Elm measured by Ed Davidson, Onslow, Colchester County, with measurements of 20 metres in height and a diameter of 164 centimetres for a total score of 184 points.