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As long summer days draw near, more daylight will be available to capture photos of a truly Great American Tree. The American Grove has launched its annual competition for the extraordinary tree that will represent the nation’s canopy as 2017’s “Great American Tree.” The competition theme this year is “trees that epitomize the meaning of summer,” such as trees that provide cool summer shade, hold tire swings, or bring back summer memories.

The national competition for remarkable trees is in its third year at www.Americangrove.org. Submissions must be uploaded online by the deadline of August 4. Entries must include a description of why the tree is special, its location, species, size including (estimated) height and/or diameter, and photographs displaying the special characteristics of the nominated tree. Nominations will be shared via social media, including Facebook (The Grove), Twitter (@plantyourlegacy; #greatamericantree
#GATC17), and Instagram (@plantyourlegacy). Nominations may also be submitted as an email attachment to morgan@americangrove.org.

After the submission period has ended, American Grove members will have 10 days to cast one vote for their favorite entry. The top five vote winning trees will move on to the next round of the competition. An “all star” urban forestry panel will determine the winner of the 2017 Great American Tree, which will be announced on September 1. The first place winner will receive $500, second place is $250, and third place is $100. The winning tree will earn a feature on The American Grove homepage, along with a lasting legacy under the Great American Tree tab showing winners from previous years.
The 2016 Great American Tree was ‘The Largest Tree in Arkansas,’ a champion bald cypress.

The American Grove is an online community for sharing experiences and knowledge about trees and the benefits they provide to communities throughout the nation. It is managed by the Georgia Urban Forest Council, a nonprofit organization whose mission is to sustain Georgia’s green legacy by partnering with individuals, organizations and communities in raising awareness about improving and maintaining Georgia’s community forests. Assistance is also given by the Georgia Forestry Commission,
which provides leadership, service and education in the protection and conservation of Georgia’s forest resources. Learn more at GaTrees.org.

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Fall is the perfect time to appreciate trees, and The American Grove website has launched a competition to find 2016’s “Great American Tree.” Trees that have extraordinary color, a unique flower, feature or story are being sought for nomination, due no later than November 30.

The competition for national stand-out trees is in its second year at www.Americangrove.org. Submissions must include a photograph, a description of why the tree is special, its location, species, and size, including height and/or diameter. Nominations will be shared via social media, including Facebook (The Grove), Twitter (@plantyourlegacy; #greatamericantree), and Instagram (american_grove). Nominations may also be submitted as an email attachment to sgranbery@gfc.state.ga.us.

From December 1 – 9, after the submission period has ended, online American Grove members will be allowed one vote for a favorite entry per person. The top five vote winning trees will be placed in the national competition. An “all star” urban forestry panel will determine the winner of the 2016 Great American Tree, which will be announced on December 22, 2016. The first place winner will receive $500, second place is $250 and third place is $100. The winning tree will earn a feature on The American Grove homepage. The 2015 Great American Tree was ‘That Tree’ located in Platteville, Wisconsin.

The American Grove is an online community for sharing experiences and knowledge about trees and the benefits they provide to communities throughout the nation. It is managed by the Georgia Urban Forest Council, a nonprofit organization whose mission is to sustain Georgia’s green legacy by helping communities grow healthy trees. Assistance is also given by the Georgia Forestry Commission, which provides leadership, service and education in the protection and conservation of Georgia’s forest resources. Learn more at GaTrees.org.

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Great American Tree logo Don’t forget to vote in the Great American Tree Competition! You may vote for as many trees as you like, but only one vote per tree is allowed. The voting period ends July 30. Click here to see all of the nominations and to vote. After the voting period, an “all-star” urban forestry panel will choose the “Great American Tree 2015,” and runner-ups. Thanks for participating! Georgia’s nominees include: · Yarbrough Oak of Oxford nominated in honor of Connie Head and Beryl Budd. · Sentinel Oak of Waycross nominated by Jimmy Mock. · Live Oak of Darien nominated by Mark McClellan and Jennifer Davis. · Moon Tree of Athens nominated by Billy Paugh. · Homestead Oak of Hall County nominated by Emily Bagwell. Visit American Grove.org!

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A nationwide contest is underway to locate the 2015 “Great American Tree”. The American Grove is looking for trees that are community landmarks, have environmental or historic significance, or simply have a story that makes them extraordinary.

Nominations for the Great American Tree are due on June 30, 2015, and must include a photograph, a description of why the tree is special, its location, and its species and size, including height and/or diameter. Nominations may be posted to the American Grove website (www.Americangrove.org), Facebook (The Grove), Twitter (@plantyourlegacy; #greatamericantree), or as an attachment to an email (sgranbery@gfc.state.ga.us).

All submitted nominations will be posted to American Grove within their state grove. Georgia entries will be voted on by state American Grove fans (one vote per person) on July 30, and the winner will be placed in the national competition. An “all-star” urban forestry panel will determine the winner of the Great American Tree, which will be announced on September 15, 2015. The first place winner of the Great American Tree contest will receive $500 and a complimentary
scholarship to the Partners in Community Forestry (PCF) Conference in Denver, CO, November 18-19, 2015. Second place is $250 and a PCF scholarship, and third place is $100. The PCF Conference is designed to provide inspiration and tools that help strengthen community forests.

The American Grove is an online community for sharing tree-planting experiences and knowledge that will encourage others to create thriving community forests. It is managed by the Georgia Urban Forest Council, a nonprofit with the mission of sustaining Georgia’s green legacy by helping communities grow healthy trees.

The Georgia Forestry Commission provides leadership, service and education in the protection and conservation of Georgia’s forest resources. Learn more at GaTrees.org.

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