Downtown Bend: Know Roots - The Roots of History: Oregons Heritage Trees
Wednesday, May 24, 2017
Trees tie us to our historical roots. Join Nate Pedersen, Community Librarian with Deschutes Public Library, Board President at the Deschutes County Historical Society, and at-large member of the Oregon Heritage Tree Committee, on a virtual journey around the state of Oregon visiting some of Oregon's 70 recognized heritage trees.
What does it take for a tree to be recognized as an Oregon Heritage Tree? Oregon Travel Experience researches each tree nomination with a dedicated group of volunteers. Certain criteria such as accessibility to the public, tree health and historic significance all play a role in whether or not a tree or grove qualifies.
Honored groves, single trees or groups of trees have something in common with one another no matter what the species they are trees that tell a story; trees that confound and astound; trees that educate both Oregonians and visitors about significant people or events from the past; trees that have survived natural disasters or stand as silent sentries to the passage of time. And that's only a small part of what makes an Oregon Heritage Tree compelling.