Bottineau – State Forester Larry Kotchman is pleased to announce two new state champion trees have been added to the 2009 North Dakota Register of Champion Trees. The Register is the official list of the first and second largest trees of each native and non-native species in the state. One of the state champions also has a new owner, and four trees moved into second place.
The Rocky Mountain/Subalpine fir (Abies lasiocarpa) owned by Dennis Roaldson at 818 – 18th Street NE, Jamestown ND 58401, is a new addition to the register. The tree was nominated by Vernon Quam, Jamestown City Forester. The new state champion has a total of 60 points for having a circumference of 2-feet and 5-inches, a height of 28-feet, and an average crown spread of 12-feet.
The white poplar (Populus alba), owned by the City of Bowman and located in their park, overtook the current champion located in Lindenwood Park in Fargo. This tree was also nominated by Vernon Quam, Jamestown City Forester. The new state champion has a total of 261 points for having a circumference of 14-feet and 9-inches, a height of 72-feet, and an average crown spread of 86-feet.
The current champion white fir (Abies concolor) located at 1122 – 8th Street South in Fargo now belongs to Tom Monda.
The four trees that moved into second place in the Register, which were all nominated by Vernon Quam, include:
(1) European white birch (Betula pendula) owned by Alan Kolden of Bowman and located at 109 – 6th Avenue NW. It has a circumference of 5-feet and 6-inches, a height of 54-feet, and an average crown spread of 50-feet for a total of 133 points.
(2) White fir (Abies concolor) owned by the US Corps of Engineers and located at the south point of Bowman-Haley Dam near Bowman, ND. The tree has a total of 64 points for having a circumference of 3-feet, a height of 24-feet, and an average crown spread of 17-feet.
(3) White poplar (Populus alba) owned by Todd Walby of Bowman and located at 16 – 2nd Avenue SW. It has a circumference of 11-feet and 9-inches, a height of 78-feet, and an average crown spread of 78-feet for a total of 239 points.
(4) Golden willow (Salix alba) owned by Gary and Louvicia Mayer of Jamestown and located at 328 – 5th Avenue SW. The tree has a total of 347 points for having a circumference of 22-feet, a height of 66-feet, and an average crown spread of 68-feet.
Champion trees located on public land can usually be visited without a problem. However, if a champion tree is located on private land, we ask that you respect the private landowner and ask permission before making a visit.
The Champion Tree Program in North Dakota is sponsored by the ND Forest Service, Dakotas Society of American Foresters and ND Tree Farm Committee. It is patterned after the National Big Tree Program sponsored by the American Forestry Association.
All state champion tree records are on file at the state headquarters of the NDSU-North Dakota Forest Service and can be viewed on the web site at www.ndsu.edu/ndfs under Information and Education. To obtain a Register or information on how to nominate a champion, contact Glenda Fauske, Information and Education Coordinator, NDSU-North Dakota Forest Service, at (701) 228-5446 or firstname.lastname@example.org.