Shade Tree Board celebrates Cleveland’s tree canopy
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CLEVELAND government officials and members of the Cleveland Shade Tree Board gather underneath this year’s winner of the board’s “Big Old Tree” contest on Arbor Day to celebrate the winning tree and Cleveland being named a “Tree Trifecta” city. The group stands with a flag honoring the city’s status as “Tree City USA,” one of three titles it has earned for its trees. Banner photo, CHRISTY ARMSTRONG
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Earlier this year, the Cleveland Shade Tree Board launched an effort to locate Cleveland’s “Big Old Tree.”

The tree selected as Cleveland’s Big Old Tree is a 130-foot-tall red oak located at 3635 North Ocoee St. The tree adorns the yard of City Council member Dale Hughes.

The trees on this page and on Page 48 are some of the trees nominated as Cleveland’s Big Old Tree.

The contest had a twofold goal. One, to local the biggest tree within the city limits of Cleveland. The second was to locate and identify the big trees in the community and preserve the tree canopy in Cleveland.

Dan Hartman, urban tree forester, said “We already know we’ve lost beautiful trees. Too many times I get a call from someone who is afraid a tree will hit the house. Too many times they want to do improper work or simply remove the tree from a lack of understanding. In most cases, it does not need to be removed.”

The initiative, according to Hartman, is to promote awareness of the beauty of vibrant trees — big and small.

He reminded that trees are beneficial to the community as they filter the air and release more oxygen into it, absorb excess rainwater, stabilize soil and provide shade and privacy.