Heritage tree nomination party

Jun 03, 2014
Photo by: Nancy Caudle-Johnson Ken Cleaves and arborist Doug Johnson measure the circumference of the "Princeton" American elm in the library Amphitheater at Camden's Arbor Day celebration May 25.

Camden — Camden resident Amy Fischer has offered to host a heritage tree nomination party Sunday, June 8, at 1 p.m., rain or shine, at her 6 Annis Road property (at the corner of Hosmer Pond Road).

Those considering nominating a tree to Camden's new Heritage Tree Register are urged to attend and learn how to make a nomination. Camden Conservation Commission is the sponsor.

Fischer has several trees to nominate and is hosting the gathering so she and others can get help from arborist and Conservation Commission Chairman Douglas Johnson, who will assist people with completing their nomination forms and demonstrate how trees get measured.

The Camden Heritage Tree Register is an effort to document the beautiful and significant trees in the community. It includes trees significant due to size, historical importance, species rarity and landscape placement, as well as noteworthy Camden treescapes (such as the Amphitheater designed by landscape architect Fletcher Steele and Harbor Park designed by the Olmsted brothers) and a category of "favorite trees." Nominators are encouraged to included a story and history about their tree.

Anyone may make a nomination so long as the tree or treescape is within the town of Camden. Nomination forms are submitted to the town office, after which the arborist will contact the nominator to verify the information.

"Don't be shy about nominating a tree if you don't know its species or measurements," Johnson said. "I will help nominators with that when I meet with them."

Camden Heritage Tree Register forms are available at the town office and Camden Public Library and may be downloaded from the town website at camdenmaine.gov. Nominations are rolling in, with a number of trees added at the Camden Arbor Day celebration May 25.

For more information, contact Johnson at 236-6855.

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