Tree of the Year - 2007
|Meeting Date:||November 20, 2007||Primary Staff Contact:||Amy Anderson|
|Secondary Dept.:||Secondary Contact:||Bill Molnar|
|Approval:||Martha Bennett||Estimate Time:|
|The Tree Commission is pleased to announce the 2007 Tree of the Year - the Silver Maple - Acer saccharinum - located at 122 Helman Street. This neighborhood tree has had many nominations for 'Tree of the Year' and it has definitely earned an honorary place in Ashland's urban forest. It is obvious that this tree has been well cared for over the years. Neighbors and visitors alike, have the good fortune to enjoy this tree with its lush shade in summer and its spectacular gnarled trunk throughout the seasons. The Silver Maple is a fast growing shade tree, which tolerates all types of soils. Well-deserving of the honor to be chosen "Tree of the Year", this Maple is a tree to be treasured for many years to come. The Tree Commission will dedicate a plaque at the site honoring the tree next spring during annual Arbor week events.|
|This year marks Ashland's twentieth Tree of the Year contest. Throughout the year a nomination form is available on the City of Ashland website and in early October, the call for nominations was distributed in the City Source newsletter. Residents identified 9 trees for consideration. The Ashland Tree Commission then narrowed the field down to five nominees. Residents voted in late October and early November choosing from the finalists. The ballot was published in the Ashland Daily Tidings, posted on the City's web site, available at City Hall, and the Community Development and Public Works Building. A total of 73 votes were submitted in this years contest with the Coast Redwoods at 65 Granite Street coming in a close second. While there is only one winner of the award, there were many wonderful trees nominated. And though they were not all big and beautiful, each tree was special in some way to someone in the community. The Ashland Tree Commission would like to thank Ashland residents who took the time to submit nominations and to vote for Tree of the Year.
Beginning in 2003, the Tree Commission shifted the Tree of the Year contest to the fall rather than in the spring. The purpose was twofold. First, the Tree Commission wanted to recognize trees in fall splendor. The second objective was to space publicity efforts throughout the year so that Tree of the Year is the focus of the fall and Arbor Week is the focus of the spring. The Tree Commission will dedicate a plaque at the site honoring the tree next spring during annual Arbor week events.
Previous Tree of the Year Winners
Staff recommends the announcement of the 2007 Tree of the Year winner at the November 20, 2007 City Council meeting.
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Tree of the Year 2007 ballot
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