Vancouver's Heritage Tree program aims to preserve and recognize the significant trees in our community. The City of Vancouver believes that by preserving our natural resources we preserve a vital link to our past.
How many of Vancouver's Heritage Trees have you seen? Which is your favorite? Join Urban Forestry for a tour of Heritage Trees by bike this June. Visit the events page for details.
The Heritage Tree Program was established in 1998. If you have or know of a special tree or a grove of trees that might be considered for Heritage Tree status, please review the program criteria listed below and contact the Urban Forestry Program at (360) 487-8332, or return the Heritage Tree Nomination Packet (pdf) to Vancouver Urban Forestry.
The Heritage Tree selection process is on-going. To be nominated, a tree must be in good condition and have the consent of the property owner. Consent is binding and will apply to all future property owners, successors, or heirs. Tree nominations are reviewed semiannually; the deadlines for nominations are October & April. Heritage Tree status is granted if the tree meets any or all of the following requirements:
– Mature and contains trees that are distinctive due to size, shape, species, or age
– Associated with a historical event
– Relationship with a natural resource (i.e. stream bank)
– City code chapter 20.77.120 - Heritage Trees
Visit many of downtown Vancouver's Heritage Trees, including the Old Apple Tree, on this self-guided Heritage Tree bike ride (pdf).