Tree of the Year - 2004
|Meeting Date:||November 16, 2004||Primary Staff Contact:||Maria Harris, Senior Planner, 552-2045
|Department:||Community Development||Secondary Staff Contact:||John McLaughlin,
Director of Community Development,
The Tree Commission is pleased to announce the 2004 Tree of the Year - the Monterey Cypress - Cupressus macrocarpa - located at the corner of Scenic and Wimer at the Pedigrift Inn, 407 Scenic Drive. This giant Cypress is a native to the Monterey peninsula in California and grows into one of the largest of all cypresses. The common form of these evergreen trees is often flat topped and horizontally branched producing a rather spiky outline when planted in the open. The presence of this tree on the corner of Wimer and Scenic creates an incredible backdrop for the neighborhood.
This year marks Ashland's seventeenth Tree of the Year contest. In early October, residents identified 25 trees for consideration, and the Ashland Tree Commission narrowed the field down to five nominees. Residents voted late in October choosing from the finalists. The attached ballot was published in the Ashland Daily Tidings, posted on the City's web site, and available at City Hall and the Community Development and Public Works Building.
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.
Staff recommends the announcement of the 2004 Tree of the Year winner at the November 16, 2004 City Council meeting.
Tree of the Year 2004 ballot
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