This plains cottonwood in Wakamow Valley is one of three 2011 Trees of Significance. Times-Herald photo by Carter Haydu
Know of a tree with a special meaning?
If so, it can be nominated for Moose Jaw’s Tree of Significance this year. The parks and recreation department is looking for nominations for the title.
The winning tree will be announced on Sept. 25, National Tree Day in Canada as part of National Forest Week. This is the third or fourth year of the award.
“It’s mainly to bring awareness to our trees,” said parks gardener Daily Lennox. “You can nominate the tree for any reason. (It could be) a tree you pass by everyday or a tree that you just think is absolutely beautiful or it could be because it has historical significance to you, like maybe this is a tree that your parents got married under.”
She said in the nomination form, the parks and recreation department needs to know the location of the tree, why it is nominated and where it is located as well as phone numbers.
“If you’re nominating a tree that’s in somebody else’s yard I need to talk to them and make sure that it’s OK that they have a tree nominated,” said Lennox. “We’d prefer if it’s a tree that’s visible by driving by.
“You know if it’s hidden in somebody’s backyard we don’t want to publicize that and then you have people snooping around your backyard trying to catch a glimpse of this tree.”
She said it’s nice if the tree is in the front yard, can be seen from the back alley or a tree in a park. Other factors in deciding what tree to nominate include the size and shape of the tree, if it’s a rare species for the region or if it’s interesting or unusual in any other way.
The 2012 Tree of Significance Award went to three trees. One tree was the North American Elm at 262 Athabasca St. E. in front of W.J. Jones and Son. It was nominated because of it’s “beauty and power to uplift,” said the city website.
The walnut tree at 1138-13th Ave. N.W. also won and was nominated because that species “does not normally grow in Moose Jaw,” the website said.
It added the third tree was a poplar tree at 822 Stadacona St. W. nominated because of its size as it is “one of the largest Poplars found in Moose Jaw.”
“In the last couple of years we haven’t had that many. We’ve had two or three so we’ve put them all in,” said Lennox. “We’re trying to build up a library. If I got 15 or 20 trees then I’d say, ‘OK.’ I’d probably get a few people who know about trees and we’d go out and judge them.”
Nomination forms can be found on the city’s website at www.moosejaw.ca. For more information call Lennox at 306-694-4439.
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