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TXHTC is proud to announce: The Texas County Historic Tree Initiative

Members of the Texas Historic Tree Coalition, Dallas city officials and others gathered recently to celebrate the addition of this bur oak tree to the coalition’s registry.

Our goal is to find, recognize, and celebrate a historic tree in each of Texas’ 254 counties. We are already off to a big start

To reach our goal, we’re asking every County Historic Commission to join us in this project by nominating as many as three trees for consideration. The timeline for this project is currently open ended.

Once trees are recognized as historic, we’ll feature them on our website. Our committee is currently exploring additional ways to provide information to the public about these trees. Ideas include publishing the information in book form and posting the stories of these trees in a format that can be downloaded from the internet. While these discussions continue, we want to begin collecting nominations.

We know many counties in Texas have trees that have previously been recognized as living witnesses to historic events. We will certainly entertain those nominations. However, we would like to focus on trees whose stories have not yet been told, or trees that have a rich history for the counties and communities where they grow. Examples include trees that might be associated with historic events at courthouses, churches, schools, or cemeteries. Using these criteria will enable those few counties that are tree challenged to contribute fully.

Please know that any contribution made by you or your group will be fully credited to your organization and those individuals who have participated. Likewise, all photographs or artwork will be fully credited.

We hope you will share this information with the members of your county historic commission and you will join us in this project. Should there be interest expressed by individuals in your communities, please encourage them to join our efforts. We will be glad to have them participate.

If you or your commission is interested in joining us to find, recognize, and celebrate the historic trees of Texas’ 254 counties, please email Chairman Bill Seaman at bill.seaman@txhtc.org, and he will send you nomination forms and additional information.