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Nh big tree program 1

  1. 1. NH Big Tree Program What is it and how can you help! American Elm Deborah Goard UNH Cooperative Extension November 12, 2010
  2. 2. NH Big Tree Program Purpose <ul><li>To locate the most outstanding examples of the various tree species which grow in New Hampshire </li></ul><ul><li>To obtain the cooperation of the tree owners to protect and preserve specimens as landmarks for future generations to enjoy </li></ul><ul><li>To stimulate interest in and greater appreciation for trees as a natural resource </li></ul>Peach Willow
  3. 3. NH Big Tree Program State <ul><li>Sponsors </li></ul><ul><ul><li>UNH Cooperative Extension </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Division of Forests & Lands </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Natural Resource Stewards Program </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Currently ~ 322 trees (91 species) </li></ul><ul><li>An additional 35 trees (17 species) not recognized by National Program </li></ul><ul><li>County champions </li></ul><ul><li>State champions </li></ul>Gray birch
  4. 4. NH Big Tree Program National <ul><li>National champions in NH </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Balsam Poplar : Cheshire 2008 </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Eastern white Pine : Cheshire 2008 </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Pitch Pine* : Bradford 1999 </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Sweet/Black Birch : Hillsborough 1961 </li></ul></ul>* Denotes co-champion Eastern white pine
  5. 5. NH Big Tree Program How does it work? <ul><li>Nominations </li></ul><ul><li>Measurements </li></ul><ul><li>Database </li></ul>White ash
  6. 6. NH Big Tree Program Nominations <ul><li>Anyone can nominate a big tree </li></ul><ul><li>Identify the species of tree as best you can. </li></ul><ul><li>Using a tape measure, measure the circumference of the trunk in inches at 4 1/2 feet off the ground. </li></ul><ul><li>Compare your circumference measurement to the same species of tree in the NH Big Tree Listings. </li></ul><ul><li>If the circumference of the tree you measured exceeds or is close in size to a tree of the same species on the listing, click here . </li></ul>Honeylocust
  7. 7. NH Big Tree Program Nominations online
  8. 8. NH Big Tree Program Measurements <ul><li>How to measure </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Circumference (in) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Height (ft) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Crown spread (ft) </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Add up points </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Circumference (in) + Height (ft) + ¼ Crown Spread (ft) = Score </li></ul></ul>
  9. 9. NH Big Tree Program Database
  10. 10. NH Big Tree Program GIS
  11. 11. NH Big Tree Program GIS
  12. 12. NH Big Tree Program GIS
  13. 13. NH Big Tree Program Website http://extension.unh.edu/Forestry/BigTree.htm
  14. 14. NH Big Tree Program National http://www.americanforests.org/resources/bigtrees/
  15. 15. NH Big Tree Program Contacts <ul><li>Mary Tebo – UNH Cooperative Extension </li></ul><ul><li>Carolyn Page – Program Coordinator </li></ul><ul><li>Attend a training session </li></ul>Black Oak

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