Thursday, January 15, 2009

Vancouver, WA Heritage Trees

Today's tree is the old apple tree in downtown Vancouver, a member of the city's Heritage Tree Program. There are more than 40 heritage trees and tree groves in Vancouver alone. You can nominate a deserving tree by going to the site and downloading a Heritage Tree Information Packet. I'm not making this up. Trees are really important around here, both aesthetically and environmentally.

The criteria for tree nomination is:
-Size - a diameter of at least 36 in
-Special site location
-Relation to an historical event
-Unusual species for the area, or exemplary form for the species

For a grove:
-Mature and contains trees that are distinctive due to size, shape, species, or age
-Associated with a historical event
-Relationship with a natural resource (i.e. stream bank)

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