Heritage Tree Program Launched

The Shumard Oak tree in Tecumseh Park. July 2 2014. (Photo by Trevor Thompson)

The first tree has officially been added to the Chatham-Kent Heritage Tree Program.

Located in Tecumseh Park near the foot bridge, the tree is an oak that many people may never have thought twice about.

This is a Shumard Oak. I believe it was planted in 1864, so this tree is about 140 years old,” says Randall Van Wagner, environmental & forestry project coordinator with the Lower Thames Valley Conservation Authority. “It’s a unique tree and a species at risk in Ontario so it’s something we want to recognize and preserve.”

Local company Scribendi is sponsoring the program. Van Wagner hopes to recognize the Elm tree on Queen St. near the former police station this week.

Scribendi employees in front of Shumard Oak. July 2 2014. (Photo by Trevor Thompson)

Scribendi employees in front of Shumard Oak. July 2 2014. (Photo by Trevor Thompson)

Randall Van Wagner, Lower Thames Valley Conservation Authority, Environmental & Forestry Project Coordinator hammers in the plaque on the Shumard Oak. July 2 2014. (Photo by Trevor Thompson)

Randall Van Wagner, Lower Thames Valley Conservation Authority, Environmental & Forestry Project Coordinator hammers in the plaque on the Shumard Oak. July 2 2014. (Photo by Trevor Thompson)