The former champion Slippery Elm. Photo by Meg Berlin.

One of Larry Hamilton’s enduring contributions to the Charlotte community was his Big Tree Roster, a list of the champion trees of each species in Charlotte, whether on private or public property. Larry last updated the list in July 2016. The Charlotte Tree Tribe, under the leadership of Tree Warden Mark Dillenbeck, would like to invite all Charlotters to participate in the annual updating of that list.

For purposes of the roster, champion status is determined by the tree’s girth, in inches, four and a half feet from the ground. If you believe you have identified a candidate for champion status—a tree that is larger than the current champion of that species or that replaces a deceased champion or that would be a species new to the roster [see print edition]—measure the tree at that height. Then send the measurement, along with a photo if possible, to Tree Steward Vince Crockenberg, with the words “Champion Tree?” in the subject line. A member of the Tree Tribe will then contact you and set up a time to officially confirm the tree’s species and its girth.

The official Big Tree Roster, which includes information on where the current champion trees reside, can be found on the town website: click on the Tree Warden tab, then on Big Tree List (or go here).

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