The reigning Minnesota champion cottonwood tree is impressive. It has a diameter over 32 feet and reaches 106 feet into the sky. It is on public land in Chippewa County near the town of Watson and I cannot find a picture of it.
This tree is quite large, but I’m not sure if it qualifies. You have to measure the circumference at 4 1/2 feet above the ground. This is a regulation I didn’t know when I thought of the tree’s potential. At three feet I think you have a record circumference. That tree has to be more than 32 feet around. I’ll see if the trunk divides lower than 4 1/2 feet.
I can’t be sure of the height of the tree in the sanctuary, but I downloaded an app for my phone that’s supposed to help you measure the height of objects. I’m not sure how I’ll get an accurate measurement in a thick grove of trees, however. I suppose I could try measuring the trees en masse and then estimate the height of my tree.
A scoring system exists for rating trees. They are judged on a point scale which is awarded by measuring the circumference of the trunk in inches at 4 1/2 feet above the ground, the height of the tree in feet, and one-quarter of the tree’s crown spread in feet. You add up the three numbers and you get a score. The cottonwood of record in Minnesota has a score of 528, which also happens to be the highest score among all champion trees recorded.
The second highest score is a silver maple, recorded and reported by a guy named Milford. You expect guys named Milford to be out there measuring trees.
I’ll do a little more research tomorrow. In the meantime, please congratulate me for writing yet another post without any political rant.
(Don’t vote Republican. Save your country.)
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- Treading Lightly Still (alittletourinyellow.wordpress.com)