Heritage Trees

Ridgefield’s Heritage Tree program aims to preserve and recognize the significant trees in our community (Municipal Code Ch. 18.840). With this program, the city and any areas that may become part of the city will continue to realize the benefits provided by heritage trees. And, uncontrolled cutting or destruction of heritage trees will be minimized.

To be listed as a heritage tree, a tree must be in healthy growing condition and one or more of the following must exist:

  1. The tree has a diameter (at breast height) of thirty-six inches or greater;
  2. The tree has a distinctive size, shape, or location, or is of a distinctive species or age which warrants a heritage tree status;
  3. The tree possesses exceptional beauty which warrants a heritage tree status;
  4. The tree is distinctive due to a functional or aesthetic relationship to a natural resource, such as trees located along stream banks or trees located along ridge lines; or
  5. The tree has a documented association with a historical figure, property, or significant historical event.

A grove may be considered for heritage status if it is in healthy growing condition and one or more of the following criteria are met:

  1. The grove is relatively mature and is of a rare or unusual nature containing trees that are distinctive either due to size, shape, species or age;
  2. The grove is distinctive due to a functional or aesthetic relationship to a natural resource, such as trees located along stream banks, or trees located along ridge lines; or
  3. The grove has documented association with a historical figure, property, or significant historical event.

Heritage Tree Register

These trees were nominated and considered and adopted by City Council at a public City Council meeting on December 6, 2018. The Heritage Tree process is ongoing, and additional trees will be added here as they are adopted as Heritage Trees.

We are currently gathering additional information and historical context for these Heritage Trees. This webpage should be considered a work in progress. If you have any information regarding these trees that is missing, please contact Megan DeMoss at Megan.DeMoss@ci.ridgefield.wa.us or (360) 857-5003. 

Crippen
Species: undetermined

Diameter (at breast height): approx. 5 ft 
Height: 45 ft
Location: 502 N Main Ave

This tree is over 100 years old and was first recognized as a Heritage Tree in 2010 as a continuation of the City of Ridgefield centennial celebration. It was adopted as an official Ridgefield Heritage Tree on December 6, 2018.  

City Park – Groat Family Tree
Species: Cedrus deodara

Diameter (at breast height): undetermined
Height: undetermined
Location: 2205 S Wind River Way

This tree is located in a City Park at 2205 S Wind River Way in the Columbia Hills subdivision. Common names for the Cedrus deodara are the Deodar Cedar and the Himalayan Cedar.

Don and Vera Groat owned the property on which the Columbia Hills subdivision was built. The property was home to 5 generations of the Groat Family. Prior to the subdivision, Don and Vera divided some of the property among their children. When their son, Greg, built his home on the property, Vera gifted this tree to him and it is now over 30 years old. 

Baker – Riverview Drive
Species: undetermined

Diameter (at breast height): undetermined
Height: 50 ft
Location: 219 Riverview Dr.

This tree  is over 100 years old and approximately 50 feet tall. The nomination for this tree mentioned its uncommon beauty and size as key factors in why it should be a heritage tree.

S Hillhurst Rd
Species: Acer palmatum

Diameter (at breast height): undetermined
Height: 20 ft
Location: 1104 S Hillhurst Rd

This tree is over 40 years old. This type of tree is also known as a small leaf maple tree or Japanese maple. The nomination stated that it is an “unusually large and magnificent specimen.” 

Thomson
Species: Jugland nigra

Diameter (at breast height): undetermined
Height: undetermined
Location: 936 N 1st Ave

This Jugland nigra, or Black Walnut Tree, can be found at 936 N 1st Ave. It is very large  and equally as old. The spread of the tree reaches into four different lots. These trees are native to the Eastern United States. The bark is a dark brown to grayish black, divided by deep, narrow furrows.

Hughes
Species: Sequoiadendron giganteum

Diameter (at breast height): undetermined
Height: undetermined
Location: 605 N Main Ave

Located at 605 N Main Ave, this tree was first recognized in 2009 as part of the Ridgefield centennial, and was officially made a Ridgefield Heritage Tree December 6, 2018. It is a Sequoiadendron giganteum, and has magnificent stout branching and width, as well as a huge trunk. Both the red trunk and the blue-green foliage are admirable. The Sequoiadendron giganteum is commonly known as Giant Sequoia, Giant Redwood, or Sierra Redwood. It is native to the western slopes of the Sierra Nevada Mountains of California.

Smart
Species: Quercys garryana

Diameter (at breast height): undetermined
Height: undetermined
Location: 1161 S Oak Rd

Common names for the Quercus garryana are the Oregon White Oak, Oregon Oak, and Garry Oak. It is one of only four deciduous oaks native to the West Coast. 

Bynon – Edwards
Species: Quercus garryana

Diameter (at breast height): undetermined
Height: undetermined
Location: 1211 S Oak Rd / 1166 S Oak Rd

This Quercus garryana can be found along S Oak Rd. It is on the edge of the Bynon and Edwards properties. Common names for the Quercus garryana are the Oregon White Oak, Oregon Oak, and Garry Oak. It is one of only four deciduous oaks native to the West Coast.

Thorson
Species: Quercus garryana

Diameter (at breast height): multiple trees
Height: multiple trees
Location: 1003 S Hillhurst Rd

This small grove of Quercus garryana can be found at 1003 S Hillhurst Rd. Common names for the Quercus garryana are the Oregon White Oak, Oregon Oak, and Garry Oak. It is one of only four deciduous oaks native to the West Coast.

Pioneer Village Pear Tree
Species: undetermined

Diameter (at breast height): undetermined
Height: undetermined
Location: 337 S Royle Rd

This pear tree is located at 337 S Royle Rd. As Pioneer Village is constructed in the area, the pear tree will remain in place because of its designation as a Heritage Tree.

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