Virginia Big Tree Program

This tulip tree in Bedford County is the Virginia and National Big Tree Champion, with a circumference of 374 inches and growing.

Clover 4-H Big Tree Program

Youth between the ages of 9 and 19 are encouraged to participate in a simplified 4-H big tree program.

4-H 4-H Big Tree Program

4-H Other Virgina 4-H Programs


For more information on the Virginia Big Tree Program contact Donna Jo Shaffer at

Big trees are important to everyone. Not only do they provide useful information about natural history and forest ecology, but they add beauty to our landscape. The Virginia Big Tree Program offers recognition to this part of Virginia's rich natural heritage.

The program relies on volunteers to search for, nominate, and verify the measurements of big trees in Virginia. When a big tree is reported to the program, it is put onto the Virginia Big Tree Registry, an official list maintained jointly by the Virginia Forestry Association, the Virginia Department of Forestry, and the Virginia Tech College of Natural Resources. The largest of each species appears on our big tree list.

We hope that you will participate in the Virginia Big Tree Program!

* Big Tree News

* Virginia big tree list

* National big tree list

* How to measure a tree:
          crown diameter

* How to nominate a big tree

* How to identify a treeNew!

* Tree Lifespans

* Protecting Big Trees

* Famous & Historic Trees

Updated 6/27/2002; djs