The Camden Conservation Commission will host a public program about the town's Heritage Tree Register at its regular monthly meeting, Wednesday, July 30, at 7 p.m. at the Washington Street conference room. This is an opportunity to hear about trees already nominated to the Register and to learn how to make a nomination.

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 include a story and history about their tree.

In June, Camden resident Amy Fischer nominated five trees on her Annis Road property, with assistance from arborist Douglas N. Johnson, who helped her with measurements and documentation. They include four unusual species that she herself planted and nurtured — an American larch (also called tamarack or hackamatack) that she dug in Montville, a catalpa and a white oak grown from seed by a Montville friend, and a beautifully shaped young tulip tree grown from seed by a local Maine arborist.

"It was really fun and so informative to have the arborist come to my property and evaluate, measure and appreciate the unusual species of trees I've watched grow over time," remarked Fischer. "I highly recommend others take advantage of this opportunity to nominate special trees to the Register."

Anyone may make a nomination so long as the tree or treescape is within the town of Camden. Camden Heritage Tree Register nomination forms are available at the Town Office and may be downloaded from the town's website, Nomination forms are submitted to the Town Office, after which the arborist will contact the nominator to verify the information.

For more information and to get help nominating a tree. Contact Johnson at 236-6855.