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How to nominate a champion tree

Complete a DNR Champion Tree Program Nomination Form [PDF] or record the following information:

  • Species - Species identification, both common and scientific name, including genus, species and variety or cultivar designation. Refer to a good tree identification book and, if necessary, take a twig and leaf specimen to an authority for positive identification.
  • Tree measurements - Circumference in inches, height in feet and average crown spread in feet. Note the height at which the circumference was measured if different from 4 and 1/2 feet. Measurements must be verified by a big tree inspector or professional forester.
  • Exact location of the tree - Include county, and municipality or township. In rural areas, report the section number, quarter section and location in relationship to highways, farmsteads, woodlots or other geographic features. In urban areas report the street address and an indication of the location of the tree on the property, such as backyard or street tree.
  • Other information - Name and address of measurement taker, name and address of tree owner, name and address of nominator, date of measurement, comments on the trees condition such as age, history, health and/or other relevant information.
  • Submitting a nomination - All measurements must be verified by a big tree inspector or professional forester. Submit the nomination to one of the listed inspectors who covers the area where the tree is located. Once the inspector has checked the measurements and signed the nomination form, submit the form to:

Champion Tree Program
Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources
PO Box 7921
Madison WI 53707

Submitting updates

If you are remeasuring a tree, submit a letter to the above address, or send an email to the Champion Tree Program listing the exact identity of the tree (as described in this register), the new verified measurements and any other new information about the tree's age, condition, location, owners, etc.

Last revised: Thursday June 13 2019