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Trees provide natural beauty and now you can nominate one that you feel deserves special status as a heritage tree.
The provincial government, Manitoba Forestry Association (MFA) and Trees Winnipeg created the first provincial Heritage Trees Program in Canada. Three Manitoba trees have already been selected as heritage trees. These are the Point Douglas School cottonwood, planted in 1891, the Waterloo Street American elm, planted in 1905, and the Souris old oak in Souris, which is believed to be approximately 550 years old and is thought to be one of the oldest trees in Manitoba.
"Special trees deserve recognition so they can be protected, especially if they have played an important role in Manitoba history or have unique characteristics," conservation and water stewardship minister Tom Nevakshonoff said in a news release. "This program will help ensure these trees are protected and their histories are shared with locals and visitors alike."
Trees may be nominated as a heritage tree if they are:
• Historically or culturally significant;
• Notable because of their unique location, specific characteristics, or have attracted other public or scientific recognition;
• The largest or oldest of its species in Manitoba; or
• Extremely rare in Manitoba.
Tree nominations will be reviewed by the Manitoba Heritage Tree Review Committee and based on established criteria, trees will be brought forward for designation.
Trees that do not receive formal designation under the heritage tree program will remain part of the Manitoba Tree Register.
Designation of a heritage tree on Crown land means the tree cannot be removed, unless there is a risk to forest health, public safety or to accommodate necessary infrastructure work. Municipalities will be encouraged to offer similar protection to heritage trees, and protection of heritage trees on private property will be encouraged, at the discretion of the property owner.
For more information, or to download a nomination form, visit www.manitobatreeregister.ca