Special trees that are described as being integral to the surrounding environment and community in St. Paul will be inducted into the Landmark Tree Program.
The city Tree Advisory Panel is asking for nominations for new trees to be given “landmark” status. There are currently 27 trees recognized annually through the program, out of the city’s half million trees, according to a city statement.
To have a spring tree recognized, submit your nomination form by June 15 along with at least one photo of the entire tree. Nominations for other trees during the summer and fall seasons will be accepted until Nov. 1.
The Tree Advisory Panel privately selects landmark trees in November and publicly reveals those selected at the Blooming Saint Paul Awards in January.
Lori Hamilton, a St. Paul resident who lives in the Saint Anthony Park neighborhood nominated a tree that won in 2012. It was a massive bur oak in nearby College Park. “It is such a special tree for so many families in the neighborhood,” Hamilton said in a city statement. “Its shape, it creates the geography of the place. Preschool children run around it. Junior high kids sit under it after sledding.”