You may hear people speak of them reverently. You might catch word of a “big tree,” an important tree, a “Champion Tree.” But what does this mean? JDCF is sponsoring a ‘Biggest Tree Contest’ to celebrate the wonder of Illinois native tress. Gather the family for a hike in your back 40, set aside, or tree stands to discover and record the largest native trees within each of the designated species that grow in Carroll, Jo Daviess, and Stephenson counties. For those living in town, take a look in your own fronts yards, head to public parks and preserves, or take a drive along less-traveled roads in search of big trees. We hope that in your pursuit of these giants, you will become more aware of the beauty and importance of Illinois’ native trees. Rules, species list, instructions, and a nomination form can be found here: Big Tree Rack Card. The contest will run from April – October, 2019.