Documenting Oklahoma trees that are 100 years old

Tulsa, OK (July 7, 2007)- Maybe better known for its sweeping plains, Oklahoma is also full of historic trees that have been here since before statehood and beyond. And a project celebrating these grand, old trees is nearing its nominations deadline. The Centennial Witness Tree Project was created to identify the state’s oldest trees and to stress the importance of continued tree planting. It will accept nominations for eligible trees through July 31.

The project is a joint effort of the Greater Oklahoma City Tree Bank Foundation; the forestry services of the Oklahoma Department of Agriculture, Food and Forestry; and the Oklahoma Centennial Committee. “When people think of Oklahoma, they don’t necessarily think of our trees- we’re an agriculture state with lots of cattle, rich in farmland and a wonderful American Indian population here,” said Mark Bays, the state urban forestry coordinator with the Department of Agriculture, Food and Forestry. “And now we’re looking at the big trees in state, realizing how significant they are and that they have been here since before statehood.”
The group is seeking nominations for trees believed to be at least 100 years old. To nominate a tree, you must complete a nomination form, provide a description of the tree’s historical significance and species, a photo of the tree’s full height and breadth, and the circumference measurement of the tree’s trunk taken at about 4 1/2 feet above the ground.
After the nomination forms are compiled, forestry experts will compare the information with their growth records to estimate the ages of the trees. The chosen ones will become part of a booklet or publication full of photos and information about the trees, Bays said.
Related Resources:
Centennial Witness Tree Project
Centennial Tree Nomination Form
Tulsa World