OCMC 12.08.040 - Heritage Trees includes a process for the nomination of heritage trees on public and private property in Oregon City. Heritage trees are those trees that because of their age, species, natural resource value, ecological or historical association, are of special importance to the city.
The attached nomination form should be filled out completely by any party wishing to nominate a tree for heritage tree designation by the Natural Resources Committee for review, followed by City Commission review.
With the exception of trees on city property and right-of-ways, nomination is to be by the property owner or with the written consent of the property owner.
All heritage tree nominations, public or private, are to be approved by the City Commission at a noticed public meeting.
We strongly recommend that nominations include a report by a certified arborist that describes the size, species, and condition of the tree, as well as any hazardous or potentially hazardous conditions which may exist.
Property owners who consent to nomination of a heritage tree must also sign a protective covenant for the tree.
Tree owners will receive a plaque, certificate and formal recognition by the City. Heritage trees will be documented on the city website.
For more information about this process, please contact:
Pete Walter, AICP, Associate Planner