Vancouver seeks nominations to preserve ‘living chroniclers of the past’ with Heritage Tree program

Residents have until July 31 to nominate trees that represent historical connections, distinctive species or unique features for the Heritage Tree Registry

The city of Vancouver is looking for a few good trees.

Specifically, the city’s Urban Forestry Commission is looking for citizens to nominate trees that have documented historical connections, are distinctive species or have unique features.

The city is hoping to add to its Heritage Tree Registry, with a deadline to provide nominations of July 31. The program is voluntary and seeks to honor and recognize trees that “add to the value, aesthetics, and character of Vancouver neighborhoods,” according to a press release from the city.

A large maple tree at Clearmeadows Park is one of the city's Heritage trees. Photo provided by the city of Vancouver
A large maple tree at Clearmeadows Park is one of the city’s Heritage trees. Photo provided by the city of Vancouver

Vancouver’s Heritage Tree inventory is closing in on 30 trees and groves of trees. The Old Apple Tree is on the list, as is the gove in Officers Row.

“We know there are many more significant trees within the community,” said Susan Law, who serves on Vancouver’s Urban Forestry Commission. “These quiet symbols of strength and survival hold stories just waiting to be told.”

The press release from the city called trees “living chroniclers of the past.”

“The city’s Urban Forestry Commission and Charles Ray, city forester, encourage everyone who knows of a special tree or grove of trees to learn more about this program and consider submitting a nomination,” the press release reads. “To be considered, a tree must be in good condition, have the consent of the property owner and meet at least one of the criteria denoting significance. Official designation includes a public hearing, a special plaque and protection from unnecessary removal. Heritage Trees are inspected and assessed by Urban Forestry staff every five years. The city strives to create partnerships with local tree care companies for the care and maintenance of Heritage Trees.”

A map showing Vancouver’s designated Heritage Trees, criteria for the program, and the form for new nominations can be found online at Learn more about trees, tree permits, tree care and Heritage Trees at or by calling 360-487-8308.

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