The Urban Forest Heritage tree program is a way to recognize special trees we have within the City of Fredericksburg. The program allows for nominations in 5 categories: Specimen, Historic, Collection, Ecological Value and Street Tree. Anyone may nominate a tree or a tree community for this program.
Heritage Tree nomination forms must be received by the City Arborist by August 15th of each year. This allows time for the tree to be assessed for health, form and special characteristics as noted on the nomination form. Trees chosen for the program will be announced in April each year, on or near Arbor Day. Depending on nominations received, up to 3 trees/groves may be chosen each year. Photos of the trees may be posted on the Fredericksburg City website or used in promotion of the program, such as in an annual calendar.
The City will provide the owner with recommendations regarding the proper care and maintenance of the Designated Heritage tree, including a suggested care plan and information on how to choose quality tree care professionals. Owners will be encouraged to prune heritage trees in accordance with ANSI/International Society of Arboriculture standards, which any certified tree care specialist can advise on or do. Any pruning not in compliance with Heritage Tree program requirements may cause dismissal of tree from program. Participation in the program is entirely voluntary and carries no regulatory enforcement with it. Owners will receive a plaque in recognition.