PARIS — The 2014 Oxford County Big Tree Contest began on May 15 and run until Sept. 15.

The contest is a yearly event sponsored by the Oxford County Soil & Water Conservation District.

In the past three years, 24 species have been declared County Champions by OCSWCD. Of those, eight have become state champions, and four more are nominees for state champion or co-champion.

With a new Maine Register of Big Trees expected out in the near future, this would be a great time to enter a tree. Many of the trees that are naturally larger in size, such as the Eastern White Pine and Silver Maple, have been found and will now need to defend their title as county champ.

Others, that are smaller species, like the Staghorn Sumac and Black Willow, have yet to be found.

This is a fun contest for all ages. For more information on the contest, an entry form or an updated list of the 66 native Maine trees and county champions,  email [email protected], go to and follow the links or contact Oxford County Soil & Water Conservation District at 743-5789, ext. 111.

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