NACOGDOCHES, Texas — Stephen F. Austin State University’s Arthur Temple College of Forestry and Agriculture will host its fifth annual NacogdoTREES competition, a free communitywide contest celebrating the natural beauty of Nacogdoches, from Oct. 9 through Nov. 20.
“The goal of NacogdoTREES is to highlight the importance of urban and community trees, raise awareness of their ecological benefits, introduce the community to the field of forestry and encourage citizens to spend time outdoors,” said Sarah Fuller, outreach coordinator for SFA’s Arthur Temple College of Forestry and Agriculture.
The competition includes categories for largest tree circumference, largest crown, tallest tree, best shade tree and best overall tree. Prizes will be awarded for each category. Faculty members developed videos to teach some basic forestry measurements, including tree height and crown spread. The videos are available on the competition’s webpage to guide participants through the process.
“Keep in mind that it’s not just all about numbers and measurements,” Fuller said. “The best overall tree may be the tree with the best story, the most fans or simply just the most beautiful. We really hope NacogdoTREES encourages people to visit some of our amazing city parks and the SFA campus.”
Trees eligible for submission must be located on the SFA campus, properties managed by Nacogdoches Parks and Recreation or on the entrant’s personal property. Winning submissions will receive prizes. For competition guidelines, an entry form, area maps and resources, visit the NacogdoTREES website. For more information, contact Fuller at firstname.lastname@example.org or (936) 468-1185.