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CONSERVATION
Park and recreation professionals
can instill an appreciation of the
significance of local trees among
members of their community.
The Historical and Cultural
Significance of Trees
By Jermel Stevenson, CPRP
U
rban forestry plays a vital role in highlighting the historical and
cultural significance of trees in cities.
Trees in a city carry rich symbolism across cultures and contexts.
They often serve as gathering points, fostering a sense
of community and unity. Public parks or tree-lined streets provide spaces
for people to come together, socialize and build connections, symbolizing
harmony and togetherness within a diverse urban population.
Certain trees hold cultural and
historical
significance, representing
heritage and traditions within a
city. Ancient or heritage trees might
symbolize wisdom, longevity and a
connection to the past, emphasizing
the importance of preserving
history amid urban development.
According to the Connecticut
Historical
Society
(tinyurl.com/
mvxpc2at), the Charter Oak was
a white oak tree that played a significant
role in U.S. history. Leg26
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end says it was where colonists hid
the Connecticut Colony's charter
in 1687 to protect it from the English
governor's attempts to revoke
it. The tree fell during a storm in
1856, but its legacy lives on in various
depictions and memorials.
The Survivor Tree in Oklahoma
City, Oklahoma, is an American
elm that became a symbol of
resilience after surviving the 1995
bombing of the Alfred P. Murrah
Federal Building,
according to
the Oklahoma City National Memorial
& Museum (tinyurl.com/
z69pnedw). Despite severe damage,
it recovered and was transplanted
back to the site, serving as
a symbol of hope and resilience.
The General Sherman Tree in
Sequoia National Park in California
is not in a city per se, but this
giant sequoia tree is a prominent
natural wonder and holds the title
of the largest tree by volume in the
world. Named after General William
Tecumseh Sherman, it stands
as a testament to the grandeur and
longevity of nature, according to
the National Park Service (tinyurl.
com/yc8nywfv).
The Moon Tree in Washington,
D.C., is a sycamore tree grown
from seeds that orbited the moon
PHOTO COURTESY OF CITY OF OVERLAND PARK, KANSAS
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