Everyone likes to root for a champion. And when that champion is rooted in the ground, it’s an award-winning affair. For 50 years, Missouri has registered champion trees with state records in over 100 species around the state. A record tree is decided on a point system that includes height, crown, spread, and trunk size. The largest tree on record is a bald cypress tree in southeast Missouri. Trees are the largest and oldest living organisms and often mark milestones in our lives and communities. Learn more about champion trees, how you can view and nominate them, and watch a video of a special champion with its own Facebook page and caretaker family in this week's Discover Nature Note.