The founder of the National Big Tree Champion Contest is Mr. Fred W. Besley, Maryland’s first State Forester. He established the eligibility rules in 1925, and fifteen years later, American Forests became the official sanctioning organization for the national competition.
Meet Maryland’s first official winner; the Wye Oak of Talbot County, MD. Discover the formula used towards earning points leading to the Wye Oaks’s championship run. Each season, Mr. Besley’s method of measuring big trees is used when crowning national champions in all 50 states. #MrBesleysBigTrees #Established1925