As part of their goals, the Tree Committee created the Heritage Tree Program, which was approved by City Council on December 8, 2011. The program was developed to recognize, honor, and foster appreciation of trees on public or private property for their unique history, shape, size, beauty and specie that have cultural, historical and aesthetic value. The program was launched at 2012's Arbor Day event, and since that time, the committee has received nominations of Heritage Trees.
To date, a total of 19 nominations have been approved by City Council since inception of the program for a total of 12 trees in 2013, 16 trees in 2014, 1 tree as well as a grove of trees at Sol Arnovitz Park in 2016.
Approval of this year's Heritage Tree Nominations is tentatively scheduled for the City Council meeting on March 23, 2017. A certificate/plaque presentation is tentatively scheduled for the City Council meeting on April 27, 2017.