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Re: Request for advice

George:
I have maintained a Big Tree database for the City of Parkersburg, WV (7000 acres, 30,000 pop.)for the past seven. years. We accept written and online nominations year round and award certificates for the biggest their species. Awards are usually held in conjunction with an Arbor Day event. Participation has varied from six to forty-five submissions. As a result we keep a Big Tree database on the city website (link below)
http://www.parkersburgcity.com/treecommission/downloads/2015-Big_Tree_List.pdf
My policy is use AF measuring standards and maintain a list of trees with the three biggest point totals plus the tallest, largest CBH, and largest spread if not included with the largest Af point trees, List is updated yearly.
Some advice: Only include measurements from yourself or someone you have trained. If you have the means run your own website. My experience with the city is Ok except changes and corrections are very slow. I intend to make it was a county wide effort since we get a lot of submissions from the surrounding Wood County. Consider that your species ID will have to be upgraded to word wide. One some of my first ID failures were a result of missionaries returning from overseas and planting some obscure (to me) species. Hope this helps
by tsharp
Thu Nov 12, 2015 9:16 am
 
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Re: Request for advice

George,

Turner gives you sound advice. He is part of American Forests National Cadre of expert tree measurers. We can help teach you how to measure trees to a high level of accuracy. Without that accuracy, big tree lists are more popularity contests than they are serious statements on tree size. Your biggest field challenge may be to get others on board with you in terms of doing the measuring right. We can help there to, but it basically must fall to you to do the recruiting and training. We have plenty of training materials we can send your way. Do you have a laser rangefinder and clinometer yet?

Bob
by dbhguru
Thu Nov 12, 2015 1:59 pm
 
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