N.H. Big Tree Program searching for state’s biggest trees
New Hampshire, the second most forested state in the U.S., is known for its diverse vegetation. An organization of tree enthusiasts, dubbed the New Hampshire Big Tree Program, has been finding and documenting the state’s biggest trees since early 1950s.
Even the cold and icy weather conditions of in the Granite State have failed to stop volunteers like Tom Howe from finding and documenting big trees.
Lumbering down a trail in Sandwich, Howe stumbled upon a fabled tree, a Green Ash. The huge tree’s massive trunk was reaching high into the sky, apparently putting its neighboring vegetation to shame.
Howe first found some of the state’s biggest trees on this land in November last year, when he was assessing the area for his job with the Society for the Protection of New Hampshire Forests. On a Christmas Day expedition, he found a tree with nine and a half feet in circumference.
Program Coordinator Mary Tebo Davis said trees are nurseries for a range of wildlife, fungi, and small plants. She added, “By getting involved in searching for big trees, just helps to add to that awareness.”
The N.H. Big Tree Program is part of a nationwide initiative launched and operated by American Forests. Once a year, the program submits its biggest trees to the national program to find out it if they have got any nationwide victors. Out of nearly 700 huge trees on the national register, the Granite State currently holds the title for 11 trees.
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