Indian Marker Tree Nomination Form

Steve Houser
Indian Marker Tree Project Chairman
# 16 Steel Road
Wylie, TX 75098
O: 972-442-1524 (ask for RuthAnn Jackson)
C: 972-877-0361

Thank you for your interest in Indian marker trees, and thank you for taking time to submit photos!! We will need more information from you to help us determine the potential significance of the tree(s) you are submitting.

  • Please fill out the following form found on this page
  • OR download Indian Marker Tree Nomination Form and How to Identify to your computer and save it. Afterward, fill out the form on your computer and forward via email (or print a copy and send by postal mail) along with any photos. If the photos are large, it may take a several emails to send them all. Our computers will not accept over 18 megabits of information in each email. Please do not text photos or information to the cell number noted above.
  • 1. Your contact information

  • 2. Property owner contact information

    (Please obtain permission from the property owner to inspect the tree or trees.)
  • 3. Location of the tree, including country

  • 4. Species of the tree or trees, if known:

  • 5. Approximate size of tree at base

    (Lay a tape measure on the ground next to the trunk to get an approximate diameter, or stretch it around the trunk to get the circumference)
  • 6. Features or Landmarks

    Note below any natural (geographic) features or landmarks in the direction the tree or limbis pointing. Also include type of soil; clay, sand, rock, etc… (If known):
  • (If Known)
  • Any known history of the area around the tree, especially regarding previous American Indian occupation:
  • This field is for validation purposes and should be left unchanged.

Note: if you are having issues with the online form, please download this Microsoft Word document to your computer and save it. Then fill out the form on your computer and forward via email, along with your pictures, to Steve Houser. His contact information is listed above.

Please keep in mind that nature can create odd or bent trees and limbs. As a result many trees are submitted each year that are not old enough or lack many of the typical qualities we need to qualify them.

If you submit a tree, it is very important to note that it is a potential Indian marker tree that may or may not qualify. They are not Indian marker trees until an official with an American Indian tribe officially recognizes a tree. It is inappropriate to refer to any tree in Texas as a marker tree without official tribal recognition.

Please do not contact the media about any tree or site under investigation. There are many trees under investigation at any given time and the media should not be involved.

We are an all-volunteer organization with many pressing needs. The Indian Marker Tree Committee volunteers will need to visit a site with a tree that may potentially qualify. Afterward, a great deal of research must be completed to determine if a tree continues to have potential. It is a lengthy process that can take up to several years to complete.

To provide more background, please read the following “Indian Marker Trees, Identifying Features”.


 Indian Marker Trees

 Identifying Features

A great deal of information must be collected and analyzed before a tree can be designated as an Indian Marker Tree. Following is a brief list of some of identifying features we consider:

  • The age of the tree must be over 144 years old.
  • The size may vary greatly according to individual site conditions. Trees on rocky sites with shallow soil may be smaller in diameter versus those with good soil conditions. The smallest tree thought to be old enough in Texas is 20 inches in diameter. Trees do not have to be large to be old. However, trees with fewer than 20 inches in diameter are suspect and will require additional scrutiny.
  • The tree may have some characteristics associated with the common shapes of trees previously recognized in the state or around the country.
  • The species should be able to survive 144 years in a given area. In Texas, these are often Pecan, Bur Oak, or Post Oak but shorter lived species are not automatically ruled out.
  • Look for scars along the trunk, as trees can sometimes retain scars from being tied down for a period of time.
  • Determine if the tree is pointing to any significant natural features in the area. These can be old trails, a low-water crossing on a creek/river, a natural spring, among others.
  • Determine if there is any recorded history of American Indian presence in the area. The more information that is gathered on a tree or a site, the stronger the case may be for a tree being a true Indian Marker Tree.