Heritage Tree Program
New Heritage Tree Story Map
New Story Map, now available online.Explore the new Heritage Trees of Lake Oswego: A Story Map, scroll through the pages to learn about the City's Heritage Tree Program, use the custom web map to search for Heritage Trees by common name or street address, click on trees in the map; for photographs and additional information, or dowload a nomination form and learn about the designation criteria and process. The Story Map also includes a recommended bike route to explore the City's 38th Heritage Tree on two wheels, as well as neighborhood walking tours.
One Heritage Tree Lost, One Gained
In the same week the City said goodbye to one living legacy, the Parks and Recreation and Natural Resources Advisory Board (PNAB) welcomed a new one. The 140-year old iconic elm ree on First Street between B and C Avenues was removed near the end of February after the trunk split in two and one of its large branches failed onto the adjacent building. It will continue to be listed as a Heritage Tree and wood salvaged during the removal efforts may be used by a local artist to create memorabilia that can be displayed and promoted through the Heritage Tree Program. That same week, PNAB designated a 46-inch diameter Oregon white oak located at 1127 Cedar Street as a Heritage Tree. A plaque will be installed soon.
Heritage Tree Program
The City of Lake Oswego’s Heritage Tree Program was established in 1997 to foster appreciation and increase awareness about the contribution of trees to the City’s history and heritage. The goals of Lake Oswego’s Heritage Tree Program are to recognize and designate individual trees or groves of significance, to educate the public about the value and history of these trees, to promote appreciation of the trees, and to retain and protect these trees as part of the City’s heritage.
Heritage Trees have been designated as a landmark on the basis of their importance in the historical, cultural, environmental, and physical landscape. Anyone can nominate a tree on either public or private property for Heritage Tree status. If a tree is located on private property, the permission of the property owner is necessary.
For a tree to be considered for Heritage Tree status, it must satisfy at least one of the following criteria:
- The tree, or group of trees, is of historic importance and is associated with the life of a person or group or has made a significant contribution to the broad pattern of the City’s history.
- The tree, of group of trees, has age, size, or species significance that contributes to its heritage status.
- The tree, or group of trees, represents a significant and distinguishable entity within the community or a specific location.
How to Nominate a Heritage Tree
To nominate a tree or a grove of trees, complete a Heritage Tree application form available from the Lake Oswego Planning Department, or print the online form. Once submitted, a certified arborist will examine the health and condition of the tree(s). Applications are then reviewed by the Parks and Natural Resources Advisory Board (PNAB) for approval. Property owners and nominators will then be notified and a plaque will be installed near the tree.
For additional information or a Heritage Tree Application:
Department of Planning and Building Services
Attention: Heritage Trees
380 A Avenue
PO Box 369
Lake Oswego, OR 97034