Manitoba Heritage Trees

Does your tree have special significance to all Manitobans? Your tree might qualify as a Manitoba Heritage Tree! Trees Winnipeg has partnered with Manitoba Conservation and Water Stewardship and the Manitoba Forestry Association to promote Heritage Trees across the province. The aim of the Manitoba Heritage Trees Program is to provide official recognition for trees that are important in the Manitoba landscape because of their importance to a community, their exceptional size, rarity, or historical significance.

What qualifies as a Heritage Tree?

Trees which are…

  • historic or culturally significant – associated with an important historic event or have considerable cultural importance;
  • record trees – the largest, broadest, or oldest of their species in Manitoba or an example of a species that is extremely rare in Manitoba; or
  • notable – found in a unique location, have unique characteristics or features, or have attracted public or scientific recognition as an example of its species.

…could be considered Heritage Trees!

Anyone may nominate a tree for Heritage Tree designation. You can nominate a tree on private property, however, we strongly encourage you to seek the landowner’s permission if the tree is not your own, and we will require their contact information so we can follow up with them later. Trees on public property don’t require permission.

Ready to nominate a Heritage Tree?

There are 2 easy ways to send us your Heritage Tree nomination:

  1. Create a Tree Recorder Account and nominate your tree online on the Manitoba Tree Register. This option allows you to take an active part in recording the tree’s story by allowing you to take your own measurements and photos. See our helpful tips before creating your Tree Recorder Account.OR
  2. Print off a Heritage Tree Nomination Form and provide us with the tree’s story and location; mail or fax it back to Trees Winnipeg, and we’ll collect the rest of the information for you.

Note that we may contact you for permission to visit your tree and take additional measurements and photos.

What happens after I submit my Heritage Tree nomination?

Trees Winnipeg will collect whatever data/photos necessary to complete the nomination. Then, your nominated tree will be reviewed by the Provincial Heritage Tree Review Committee, which will then forward their list of recommended Heritage Trees to the Minister for consideration. All nominated trees will become a part of our province’s collective history, and will be celebrated on the online Manitoba Tree Register, even if they don’t receive official Heritage Tree status.

The first recognized Manitoba Heritage Tree. Planted on Arbor Day, May 1891 in the schoolyard of Point Douglas School in Winnipeg (now Argyle Alternative High School)

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