Legacy Tree Program Adds Two Leal Park Oaks
Two Urbana Park District trees were nominated and recently approved for inclusion in the City of Urbana’s Legacy Tree Program. The City Council and Park District Board of Commissioners signed a Legacy Tree agreement this summer.
Honored for their size are a White Oak and a Bur Oak at 303 W. University Ave., both in Leal Park on the grounds of the Greek Revival Cottage, the oldest documented residence in Urbana.
The White Oak was alive at the time of the signing of the United States Constitution and has also been designated as a bicentennial tree by the International Society of Arboriculture. The tree has a height of 81 feet and a crown spread of 105 feet, placing its size among the top 1% of all inventoried trees of its species in Urbana.
The Bur Oak’s crown and structural condition is rated as excellent. It has a height of 81 feet and a crown spread of 98 feet, also qualifying its size among the top 1% of all inventoried trees of its species in Urbana.
The Legacy Tree Program was created by the Urbana City Council, to celebrate, recognize and protect the community’s most significant trees. Any Urbana resident can nominate a tree or a group of trees for consideration as part of the program, which relies on private donations for support.
Urbana was the first Tree City USA community in Illinois and is one of only 16 of the original 41 charter Tree City USA communities nationwide to maintain the designation every year since its inception in 1976.
View the Legacy Tree Program interview on ciLiving.