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Champion Tree Program

22007896_829678707194467_7387197522912988396_n.jpg There are few things that are as impressive and majestic as a beautiful, big tree!

ChampionChampion trees are the superstars of their species.  Each champion is the result of a lucky combination: growing in a spot protected by the landscape or by people who have cared about and for it, good soil, the right amount of water, the resilience to the elements, surviving storms, disease and pests, and sometimes just good luck!

In 2017, the City of Lima's Urban Forest Council adopted the Champion Tree program to showcase Lima area's tree VIP's.  The council members continually survey the Lima area to identify the next Champion; however, Champion trees can be identified by people just like you — school teachers, kids fascinated by science, and even tree lovers of all ages!  You, too, can become a big tree hunter and compete to find new champions.  If you have a tree that you would like to nominate as a Champion Tree, please contact our Parks & Recreation office! 

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2017 Fall Dedication
  • Faurot Park
    White oak (Quercus alba)
    Recognized for: Age & size
    Approximate age: 248 yrs old
    -This tree could have started growing in 1769-
  • Lincoln Park
    Chinkapin oak (Quercus muehlenbergii)
    Recognized for: Unique species, age & size
    Approximate age: 260 yrs old
    -This tree could have started growing in 1757-
  • Lima Trinity Wesleyan (Market St.)
    Sugar maple (Acer saccharum)
    Recognized for: Age
    Approximate age: 219 yrs old
    -This tree could have started growing in 1798-

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