The Vermont Big Tree List is a searchable and sortable map, hosted by the Vermont Department of Forest, Parks and Recreation.
Trees can be nominated by any tree enthusiast and will subsequently be confirmed by Department of Forests, Parks & Recreation staff. Big tree nominations are accepted from January to June each year. Staff will contact landowners and conduct site visits as needed from July to December. If you would like to nominate a tree that is not located on your property, please get permission first.
Measurements Circumference in inches, taken 4.5 feet above the ground (unless root swell, low branches, or multiple stems require adjustment); Height in feet, from the ground to the highest branch; and Crown spread, averaged from the longest and shortest points across the tree's canopy
Big Tree Points Formula
Think you have a big tree? Use the formula below to calculate the total points. Points are also calculated in the nomination form.
Circumference (inches) + Height (feet) + 1/4 of the Crown spread (feet) = Total Points
Nominate a Big Tree
- Check to see if your tree is eligible. View list of vacant tree species and list of current big tree champions.
- To the best of your ability, measure the tree's: circumference, height, and crown spread.
- Submit your nomination from January- June. Staff will contact landowners and conduct site visits as needed from July to December.
Vacant Tree Species List (updated Dec. 2021)