Heritage Trees

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Heritage Trees

Trees that have historical significance, by virtue of age, association to a historical structure, district, person or event, rare or unique species, or significant stand (grove) of trees can be designated as Heritage Trees, and therefore provided with special protections.

Heritage Trees fall under one of the following categories. 

  1. Historical – A tree which by virtue of its age, its association with or contribution to a historical structure or district, or its association with a noted citizen or historical event.
  2. Specimen – Age, size, health, and quality factors combine to qualify the tree as unique among the species in Tumwater and Washington State.
  3. Rare – One or very few of a kind, or is unusual in some form of growth or species.
  4. Significant Grove – Outstanding rows or groups of trees that impact the city’s landscape.

Nominate a Heritage Tree

Tumwater residents, staff, or Tree Board members may submit a written request to the Community Development Department to nominate a Heritage Tree. Include a short description of the tree(s), address or location, landowner’s name and phone number. The written request must be signed by the landowner and nominator. Nominations are reviewed and recommended to City Council by the Tree Board.

All Heritage Trees will be added to City tree inventory and Public Works maps. The City will provide an evaluation and recommendation for tree health and care and will provide up to one inspection annually upon request of the landowner. The City may, at its discretion, provide a plaque listing the owner’s name and/or tree species/location.

Additional information about Heritage Tree Removal or Heritage Tree Declassification can be found in the Tumwater Municipal Code 16.08.075.