No town can fail of beauty, though its walks were gutters and its houses hovels, if venerable trees make magnificent colonnades along its streets.


Henry Ward Beecher

Proverbs from Plymouth Pulpit (1887)



There were shade trees everywhere and their branches met to cover the street

William Maxwell


Egg Harbor Township

Environmental Commission

I never before knew the full value of trees.  Under them I breakfast, dine, write, read and receive my company.

Thomas Jefferson

Big Tree Census

In 2010  Egg Harbor Township, New Jersey marked its 300th year as an incorporated township.  As part of this landmark event, the Environmental Commission launched a program identify specimen trees in our town.

As development has taken hold in our town we are compelled to identify and chronicle trees that have special historical, environmental and aesthetic value. This is the mission of the EHT Big Tree Program that has been modeled after New Jersey's Big Tree Program. With that we would like to acknowledge the New Jersey Forest Service.

Meet the Big Trees of EHT

How to Register a Big Tree

In order to register your "Big Tree" , click the button below titled "Register Your Big Tree".  Fill out the registration and press submit. It is that easy. 

There are two types of identification, the first being authenticated and the second unauthenticated. We are doing this for a fun activity for the residents and are not authenticating measurements.  We want a general census of our township's big trees and will have a page on this web site introducing the public to our great trees.

How to Measure a Big Tree

Measure the circumference of the tree at 4 1/2 feet off the ground, or if the tree sits on a slope, 4 1/2 feet from the uphill side. If the tree has a branch or abnormal swelling at 4 1/2 feet, take the measurement where the trunk returns to normal size. If you measure below 4 1/2 feet, make sure to include the actual height where the measurement was taken. For example: 182"circumference at 3 feet.


1. Hold the stick at its base vertically, making certain that the length of the stick above your hand equals the distance from your hand to your eye.
2. Move away from the tree while sighting the trunk base above your hand while staying on ground level (or on the same contour as the base of the tree).
3. Stop when the top of the stick is level with the top of the tree.
4. You should be looking over your hand at the base of the tree and, moving only your eyes, looking over the top of your stick at the top of your tree.
5. Measure how far you are from the tree and that measurement - in feet - is the tree's height.

Average Crown Spread
Measure the crown at its widest and narrowest widths. Find the average crown spread: add the two measurements and divide by 2.

Total Points
Circumference of trunk (in inches)
+ tree height (in feet)
+ 1/4 average crown spread (in feet)
= total points.


Register Your Big Tree

Common Southern New Jersey Tree Species

American Elm (Ulmus americana) 
American Holly (Iles opaca) 
American Sycamore (Platanus occidentalis) 
Atlantic White Cedar (Charmaecyparis thyoides) 
Bigtooth Aspen (Populus grandidentata) 
Bitternut Hickory (Carya cordiformis) 
Black Cherry (Prunus serotina) 
Blackjack Oak (Quercus marilandica) 
Black Locust (Robinia pseudoacacia) 
Black Oak (Quercus velutina) 
Black Tupelo / Black Gum (Nyssa sylvatica) 
Black Walnut (Juglans nigra) 
Black Willow (Salix nigra) 
Chestnut Oak (Quercus prinus) 
Choke Cherry (Prunus virginiana) 
Eastern Red Cedar (Juniperus virginiana) 
Flowering Dogwood ( Cornus florida) 
Gray Birch (Betula populifolia) 
Honeylocust (Gleditsia triacanthos) 
Mockernut Hickory (Caraya tomentosa) 
Northern Red Oak (Quercus rubra) NJ state tree 
Norway Maple (Acer platanoides) 
Norway Spruce ( Picea abies) 
Pagoda Dogwood (Cornus alternifolia) 
Persimmon (Diospyros virginiana) 
Pignut Hickory (Carya glabra) 
Pin Oak (Quercus palustris) 
Pitch Pine (Pinus rigida) 
Post Oak (Quercus stelllata) 
Red Hickory (Carya ovalis) 
Red Maple (Acer rubrum) 
Red Mulberry (Morus rubra) 
River Birch (Betula nigra) 
Sand Hickory (Carya pallida) 
Sassafras (Sassafras albidum) 
Silver Maple (Acer saccharinum) 
Southern Catalpa / Catawba (Catalpa bignonioides) 
Southern Red Oak (Quercus falcata) 
Sugar Maple (Acer saccharum) 
Swamp White Oak (Quercus bicolor) 
Sweetgum (Liquidambar styraciflua) 
Virginia Pine (Pinus virginiana) 
White Oak (Quercus alba) 
White Willow (Salix alba) 
Willow Oak (Quercus phellos) 

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