The City of Cuyahoga Falls in partnership with the Summit Soil and Water Conservation District is sponsoring the first annual “Big Tree” contest in Cuyahoga Falls in 2013.In this contest, entrants submit a nomination for a tree they believe might be the largest in the community. Qualified personnel will measure the trees to determine the winner. Trees have many benefits and one of the most important, especially in urban areas, is the ability to capture and hold stormwater. One mature Northern red oak with a diameter of 30 inches in the City of Cuyahoga Falls can intercept as much as 3,030 gallons of stormwater.
A tree may be nominated only once and the first nomination received will be entered in the contest. The tree does not have to be the property of the nominator, but the permission of the landowner must be obtained prior to nomination. The nomination form must be submitted to Summit SWCD by August 1, 2013. Qualified District personnel will measure the nominated trees. The District will also calculate the amount of stormwater runoff intercepted and held by the tree. The decision of the Summit SWCD will be final. The prize will be awarded at the District’s annual meeting in the fall and will be a $25.00 coupon to be used for the District’s 2014 tree seedling sale and a plaque with the winning tree’s statistics.
Entry forms for the “Big Tree” contest may be picked up in the Cuyahoga Falls Utility Billing Office, or may be requested electronically by emailing Becky McCleary, firstname.lastname@example.org. Download your nomination form here. /web/sites/default/files/imce/service/2013%20Big%20Tree%20Contest%20nomination%20form.pdf