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City of Seattle
Ed Murray, Mayor

SUBJECT: Heritage Tree Celebration Sunday

3/27/2009  3:30:00 PM
Norm Mah  (206) 684-8114

Seattle Heritage Tree Program Honors Pear Tree
March 29 ceremony celebrates it as “Best in City”

SEATTLE - On Sunday, March 29, a magnificent common pear tree will be officially designated as a “Best in City” Heritage Tree by the Seattle Heritage Tree Program. The public is invited to the dedication ceremony and celebration at noon at the intersection of 27th Avenue and E Cherry Street. The honored tree stands in the front yard of a private home on 27th Avenue.

“This is the largest and most impressive pear tree in Seattle,” said City Arborist Nolan Rundquist. “The Heritage Tree designation rightfully recognizes both its natural beauty and intrinsic value to the community.”

Begun in 1996, the Seattle Heritage Tree Program is a joint venture between the city of Seattle and Plant Amnesty, a non-profit organization that advocates for the proper care of trees. In the past thirteen years, over 50 trees have earned the heritage designation.

The Heritage Tree Committee, made up of tree advocates, including arborists from the municipal and commercial sectors, and Plant Amnesty members, evaluates nominated trees from public and private properties. (Private property owners must provide their consent for designation.) A tree is often nominated because it is an excellent specimen with exceptional size, form or rarity. It might also be recognized by virtue of its age, its association with a historic structure or district, or its linkage to a noted person or event. A tree might also be selected because it is a community landmark.

Seattle has more than 140,000 street trees and has received national recognition as a Tree City USA for 23 years in a row. For more information about the Heritage Tree program, please visit:

The Seattle Department of Transportation builds, maintains and operates Seattle's $12 billion transportation infrastructure. To further Mayor Nickels’ goal to get Seattle moving, the department manages short- and long-term investments in streets, bridges, pavement and trees, that better connect the city with the region.

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