The New York State Big Tree Register, maintained by the Department of Environmental Conservation recognizes trees of record size, promoting interest in their care and preservation. The Big Tree Register lists only native and naturalized species and does not include hybrid species. The Total Point Score is determined by taking the Height in feet + Trunk Circumference in inches + 1/4 Average Crown Spread in feet.
Some of the largest species include a Red Oak in Monroe County (510 points), an Eastern Cottonwood in Schuyler County (469 points), a Black Locust in Livingston County (423 points), a White Ash in Rockland County (420 points) and a Red Maple in Madison County (417 points). Among the top four largest trees, they average a Circumference of 330 inches (a diameter of 8.75 feet).
As you travel Across New York State, keep an eye out for these majestic trees, they have survived several centuries of social and environmental change and hopefully will continue to show us their tremendous ability to endure. ...more>>