Heritage & Living Christmas Tree Programs
To celebrate Earth Day and Arbor Day this spring, Monroe Mayor Geoffrey Thomas planted a tree at Lake Tye Park with local elementary students. Two new programs were also announced as part of Monroe’s efforts to eventually become a Tree City USA like its neighbors Duvall and Woodinville. This September, the Monroe Parks Department is launching a contest to find and recognize Monroe’s biggest and most interesting trees. The Heritage Tree Program encourages residents of all ages to seek out significant trees within the City limits and nominate them for recognition. The City is also launching a Christmas Tree replanting program this year.
To kick off the Heritage Tree contest, the Park Board and City of Monroe selected the first tree for recognition earlier this year. The large Coast Redwood (below) is located at Highway 2 and East Main in Traveler’s Park. It will receive Heritage status for its size and rarity in the area. Adorned with lights, it served as the community Christmas Tree last year for Monroe’s annual tree lighting and will be used again for the 2018 event.
Monroe’s first Heritage Tree is a Coast Redwood at Traveler’s Park in Monroe.
The contest is being formally announced this month and all residents are encouraged to be on the lookout for unusual, large and significant trees within Monroe. “In addition to the Heritage Tree Program, our living Christmas tree program allows residents who use living Christmas trees to donate suitable trees to the city for planting in our parks and open spaces after the holidays,” Mayor Thomas said.
Nomination forms for the Heritage Tree contest are available online and at Monroe City Hall and the Monroe Parks Department. The nomination deadline is Dec. 31 to allow the Park Board to review the nominations, select the winners and make the award announcement to commemorate Earth Day and Arbor Day 2019. Nominations will be accepted each year until Dec. 31 with heritage trees announced in April.
Monroe residents of all ages are encouraged to look around the city, neighborhoods and parks to find unusual, large or historic trees for nomination. A group of trees in a grove are also eligible. If a tree is located on private property, the homeowner must be notified of the nomination. “Our goal is not only to celebrate the diversity and importance of trees in our community, but to give the homeowners recognition for preserving and caring for them. We are excited to see the variety of trees nominated,” says Park Board member Tami Kinney. Eventually a map of Monroe’s heritage trees will be produced and available.
For more information about the Heritage Tree and Living Christmas Tree programs, contact the Monroe Parks Department at 360-863-4559. Heritage Tree Nomination Form