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Legacy Trees

For its #CentennialChallenge, the Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation’s Forestry Department is asking staff, partners, and Massachusetts residents to help identify 100 unique, significant, and otherwise noteworthy legacy trees on public and private land across the state.

A Massachusetts Legacy Tree can be any tree that is compelling for its age, size, form, history, species, and/or botanical interest. To most efficiently collect nominations for legacy trees, the Forestry Department has prepared this nomination form to capture information about the nominated tree, such as its common name, location (in GPS coordinates), trunk circumference, height, crown spread, and condition.

Update February 2020: Massachusetts is already more than half way to meeting goal of 100 legacy trees! From Urban Forester Rachel DeMatte: “So far, we have collected data and images of 55 legacy trees across several counties in Massachusetts, and the nominations are continuing to roll in! One of our DCR foresters, David Bresnahan, was selected to help ground truth the nominations, collect the legacy tree data, and organize the data into a spreadsheet. Here are a few of David’s pictures and all of the legacy tree data (including location, size, and big tree points) that we have collected so far.”

Follow @MassDCR to see all the latest legacy tree submissions and news!

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