- City Departments
- Urban Forestry Division
- Heritage Tree Program
Heritage Tree Program
A heritage tree is a tree that is historically significant and is associated with a notable local or regional historical event, person, structure, or landscape, has been dedicated or planted as a public memorial, or its species is important to the history of the community.
Applications can be submitted for trees located on public or private property. If the property owner is not the one submitting the application, the property owner must give consent. Prior to final issuance of a Heritage Tree status, a signed agreement with property owner must be part of the file.
The application must state the address for the tree, tree species, and a statement as to what notable local or regional historical event, person, structure, landscape the tree is associated with or if it is an important or unique species, or if the tree had been dedicated or planted as a public memorial. Historical photos, newspaper articles, age of the tree, and other supporting documents should be attached to the application. Trees being considered for the heritage tree program must be certified as being sufficiently healthy by an arborist.
Applications will be accepted from January 1 to June 30 of each year. The submitted application is then reviewed by the Urban Forester who will review the application for completeness, verify and document the condition and status of the tree, and collect any additional information, as necessary then forward accepted and completed applications to the Tree Commission for final review and vote. Final decision granting the heritage tree approval would be done by the City Commission. Trees are then given a marker approved by the City then placed on website list and map.