Releaf Michigan plants more than just seeds of hope; it plants trees over 6 feet tall throughout Michigan that improve the environment instantaneously.
These mature trees also have a stronger survival rate, at 80 percent versus the 20 percent survival rate of seedlings, which better ensures that they will provide long-term benefits to the environment. Releaf is also the only volunteer-led organization in the U.S. that plants sizeable trees instead of seedlings.
Currently, Releaf is conducting its 12th biennial Big Tree Hunt contest. Contestants search for the biggest trees in their communities and enter to win prizes. Submissions should include the contest’s entry form, which can be found online, a leaf or twig from the tree and be postmarked by August 1, 2012. Winners will be announced September 10 2012.Tree contest categories the following.
- Largest tree over 16 years old
- Largest tree submitted by a big tree hunter, 15 years old or younger
- Largest White Pine tree
- Largest tree, any species
- Largest tree that is larger than the current registered Michigan State Champion.
“The entire experience is very gratifying,” said Melinda Jones, executive director of Releaf Michigan, “participants are so excited about the tree they find…they’ve been known to throw parties for their trees.”
Since its inception in 1988, Releaf has planted over 25,000 throughout more than 300 communities in Michigan on public land. With each planting, Releaf educates volunteers and the public on the how to plant and care for trees, and in turn, how trees are a positive action towards a cleaner and sustainable environment.