Nominations open for Heritage Tree Register

Jun 13, 2014
Courtesy of: Nancy Caudle-Johnson Ken Cleaves and arborist Doug Johnson measure the circumference of the 'Princeton' American elm at the library Amphitheater at Camden's Arbor Day celebration May 25.

Camden — Camden citizens and visitors alike are invited to take advantage of the opportunity to memorialize their favorite trees by nominating them to Camden's newly established Heritage Tree Register.

The Camden Heritage Tree Register, a project of Camden Conservation Commission, is an effort to document the beautiful and significant trees in the community, both public and private. Included are tress of significance due to their size, historical importance, species rarity and landscape placement as well as noteworthy Camden treescapes (such at the Amphitheather designed by landscape architect Fletcher Steele and Harbor Park designed by the Olmsted brothers).

The register also invites nominations of favorite trees.

"Most of us have trees that are particularly special to us," says Nancy Caudle-Johnson, Camden's Tree City USA and Arbor Day coordinator. "We are encouraging people to share special stories and history about their trees."

Nomination forms may be picked up at Camden Town Office or downloaded from the town website at camdenmaine.gov. Anyone may make a nomination so long as the tree or treescape is within the town of Camden. Complete details on how to submit nominations are printed on the form.

Completed forms should be dropped off or mailed to Camden Town Office and are then referred to the Conservation Commission. Douglas Johnson, volunteer arborist for the project, will then contact the nominator and meet with them to verify the information about the tree.

"Don't be shy about nominating a tree if you don't know its species or measurements," Johnson says. "I will help nominators with that when I meet with them. ... Nominations are rolling in with a number of trees in the Amphitheater and Harbor Park nominated at Camden's Arbor Day celebration on May 25."

For more information, contact Johnson at 236-6855.

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