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Big Tree Contest 

Lorain Soil & Water Conservation District is kicking off our eighth annual Lorain County BIG TREE Contest! This contest will promote the beauty and benefits provided by our county’s biggest and oldest trees. This year we are looking for Lorain County's biggest Sycamore tree (Platanus occidentalis).


Participants can nominate what they believe to be the largest in Lorain county based on trunk circumference, crown spread, and total height. Nomination forms must be submitted to Lorain SWCD no later than Friday, July 28th by 4:30 p.m. Please email  or nominate through the mail to Lorain Soil & Water Conservation District, 42110 Russia Rd., Elyria, OH 44035. You are also welcome to stop in the office.


The top three winners will be awarded gift certificates to Don Mould's Plantation. First place is $100.00, second place is $50.00 and third is $25.00. Winners will be announced at the Lorain SWCD Annual Meeting in September.

For more information, see the contest rules and entry forms below or call us at 440-326-5808.

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Sycamore trees are easily recognizable by the white and peeling bark. Look for them near water.

2023 Big Tree Contest 
American Sycamore
1st Place Winner:  Christine and Richard Smith

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Base circumference: 278.6 inches
Height: 106 feet
Crown circumference: 40 feet

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