The Oregon Heritage Tree Committee is seeking nominations for two heritage tree awards. Do you know someone who has done an exceptional job educating the public about the value of heritage trees and promoting the appreciation of trees in Oregon? Help us honor their contributions! Please submit your nominations by February 14. Awards will be determined in March and awardees recognized in April at a statewide dedication ceremony.
Heritage Tree Hero Award
In 2021, the Orgon Heritage Tree Committee launched the Heritage Tree Hero Award to recognize individuals and groups that are engaging communities through education about the importance of trees and raising awareness about Oregon’s history told through trees and forests. Recent winners were awarded for their leadership in advocating for a city heritage tree program, facilitating Oregon’s Green Legacy Hiroshima Peace Tree Project, and incorporating tree preservation into middle school lessons.
Consider nominating a person or group who stands out for exceptional project level work by using the nomination form:
Maynard Drawson Award
The Maynard Drawson Award recognizes exceptional, meritorious, and extraordinary work promoting the appreciation of trees over an extended period. Think of this as a life-time achievement award. It was created to honor Maynard Drawson, a native of Oregon and a veteran of WWII who was best known as a tree advocate. Drawson led a campaign in the 1970s to preserve the Valley of the Giants, and in 1995 helped launch the Oregon Heritage Tree Program, the first state-sponsored heritage tree program in the country.
Consider nominating a person or group who stands out for their sustained commitment to promoting Oregon’s heritage trees by using the Maynard Drawson Award Nomination Form.