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.

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 submit a nomination to the Community Development Director. The Heritage Tree selection process is on-going.

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.

Your nomination may be submitted electronically or download the Heritage Tree Nomination Packet.