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:
- The tree has a diameter (at breast height) of thirty-six inches or greater;
- The tree has a distinctive size, shape, or location, or is of a distinctive species or age which warrants a heritage tree status;
- The tree possesses exceptional beauty which warrants a heritage tree status;
- 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
- 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:
- 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;
- 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
- 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.
Crippen – Main and Division
This tree, located on the NW corner of Main and Division is 45 feet tall and 5 feet across. It is over 100 years old.
City Park – Groat Tree
This tree, located in a City Park on Wind River Way in the Columbia Hills subdivision, is about 60 feet with a 3 foot base, and has historical significance. Don and Vera Groat owned the property on which the Columbia Hills subdivision was built. 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. The tree has stood on the property for 5 generations of the Groat family and is about 30 years old.
Baker – Riverview Drive
This tree, located at 219 Riverview Dr, 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
This tree, located at 1104 S Hillhurst Rd, is 40 years old and 20 feet tall. It was nominated and made a heritage tree due to it being an unusually large and magnificent specimen.