Forests Ontario

Heritage Trees

Our Heritage Tree Program, launched in 2009 in partnership with the Ontario Urban Forest Council, identifies and records the location of heritage trees across the province. Anyone can nominate a tree by calling us (1.877.646.1193) or by registering yourself as a nominator. Download the Heritage Tree nomination and evaluation package.

What is a Heritage Tree?

  • A notable specimen because of its size, form, shape, beauty, age, colour, rarity, genetic constitution or other distinctive features;
  • A living relic that displays evidence of cultural modification by Aboriginal or non-Aboriginal people, including strips of bark or knot wood removed, test hole cut to determine soundness, furrows cut to collect pitch or sap, or blazes to mark a trail;
  • A prominent community landmark;
  • A specimen associated with a historic person, place, event or period;
  • A representative of a crop grown by ancestors and their successors that is at risk of disappearing from cultivation;
  • A tree associated with local folklore, myths, legends, or traditions.

What is the Heritage Tree Program?

  • The Heritage Tree Program identifies and records the location of heritage trees as well as details such as age, size, appearance and most importantly their cultural and historical significance. The stories and photos of recognized trees are then featured on the Forests Ontario website.
  • In addition, the identification of these trees enables Forests Ontario and community-minded organizations to locate potential native seed sources. Collecting these seeds will ensure the succession planting of legacy trees for future generations to enjoy.
  • Anyone is invited to nominate a tree for Heritage Tree recognition, whether it is located on their own property, a friend or family member’s property or in a public space.

Heritage Trees