How to Measure a Big Tree

Check out the Virginia Big Tree Program.

The Virginia Big Tree Program began as a 4-H and FFA project in 1970. Today the program is coordinated by the Department of Forest Resources and Environmental Conservation at Virginia Tech. We are a passionate community of tree enthusiasts . . .

Big Tree Measuring & Scoring link.

Trees are ranked in the Virginia Big Tree Register using a scoring system that is based on measurements of their physical dimensions . . . basic tools needed to measure a tree are a yardstick and a 100’ measuring tape.

“So, she decided she needed to plant 1,000 trees in Virginia Beach.”

A great article about a spectacular teen at

To prove her point, Sarah refers to the “State of the Urban Forestry” report by Virginia Beach Parks and Recreation for 2015-16, which states the city’s urban tree canopy was 38 percent based on 2012 data, and that American Forests recommends a minimum of 40 percent. In response, the city adopted a 45 percent goal over the next 20 years.

“I made it my goal to help increase that percentage,” she said.


Amazing Grace, the beloved live oak in Chics Beach, is getting crown cleaning & branch reduction tomorrow!

The work is being done on Tuesday December 19th.

View entire update at Petition on

SUMMARY: The city has a Master Arborist coming to do the required mitigation work on our lovely tree on Tuesday, Dec 19:
City Arborist wrote…..

“I received word today that our contractor plans to do the crown cleaning and branch reduction tomorrow for the Live Oak at 2512 Bayview Avenue. We are requesting any onlookers to remain well back from city and private property lines in order to insure safety. . .

“Friends of Live Oaks want you to let your city council representative know how important it is to protect this tract of live oaks down near the Virginia Beach Sportsplex.”

Check out Mary Reid Barrow’s article at

In the coming months the city is due to approve a master traffic plan for the area and protection of the grove is part of the plan. Speaking to your council member in person or writing them or emailing them about this would be a good start toward preserving the grove, Bernick said.

Learn more about Live Oak Grove here.
Start here to contact your Councilperson to ask for the preservation of Live Oak Grove.