NacogdoTREES Competition

The Arthur Temple College of Forestry and Agriculture invites you to channel your inner forester by participating in the NacogdoTREES Competition. Nacogdoches is located in the heart of Texas Forest Country and is renowned for Stephen F. Austin State University's beautiful, tree-lined campus, as well as its numerous city parks and green spaces. Through this event, we encourage you to explore the over 700 combined acres of SFA campus and City of Nacogdoches parks and share the trees that are special to you. We also invite landowners in the Nacogdoches community to share trees located on their property they believe are worthy of recognition.

The event, open from September 14 to November 16, is open to SFA students, faculty, staff and the surrounding Nacogdoches community. Prizes will be awarded to submissions from each category including an SFA Gardens Plant Sale voucher, t-shirts and more!

Why celebrate trees?

  • Trees cool our cities and homes, offsetting heat island effects by providing shade and releasing water vapor through their leaves. This not only adds to comfort, but provides energy savings for businesses and homeowners.

  • Trees protect and clean the water we drink by reducing runoff and providing a natural filtration and storage system. According to a National Research Council report, forests process nearly two-thirds the U.S. water supply.

  • Trees promote soil health by reducing erosion and providing organic material for the millions of microorganisms that call it home.

  • Trees provide valuable wildlife habitat, ranging from tiny amphibians to large mammals.

  • Trees provide jobs through a variety of forest-related industries including forest and park management, wildlife management and renewable energy.

  • Trees improve your mental and physical health. Studies have indicated that hospital patients with a view of the outdoors, specifically trees, recovered more rapidly, had fewer complaints and required less pain medication. Furthermore, time in green spaces has been shown to reduce Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) symptoms in children and improve individual health.

2018 NacogdoTREES Contest Winners

Competition Resources

Entry Form and Maps

Entry Form
SFA Trails and Gardens Map
City of Nacogdoches Parks: Location Map
City of Nacogdoches Parks: Addresses
City of Nacogdoches Parks, Trails and Lakes

Tree Identification and Measurement Guides

Dr. Jeremy Stovall's Dendrology Home Page
Texas A&M Forest Service Tree ID Guide
Watch Dr. Dean Coble and Jason Grogan illustrate how to measure tree height
Watch Dr. Dean Coble and Jason Grogan illustrate how to measure average crown diameter
Explore the history of forestry in Texas through the Texas Forestry Museum