Mason officials unveil memorial tree program

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By Henrik Blix
Mason Times staff writer

MASON—City officials are planning a program that will allow residents to donate legacy trees to the city as part of the 150th anniversary celebration.

City administrator Martin Colburn said the idea is a joint venture between the tree commission and the sesquicentennial anniversary committee.

Elaine Ferris, a member of the city council and the tree commission said the idea will allow residents to tie family history into the streets as well as beautifying Mason.

Colburn said the city plans to register every tree by donor, the type of tree and whom it honors. The trees will also be logged by GPS so future generations will be able to look up their locations.

“Essentially, the idea is that it’s a family tree in the truest sense of the word.” —Elaine Ferris

City council member and chairperson of the sesquicentennial anniversary committee Marlon Brown said Mason is proud of being a tree city. He said memorial trees give people a way to commemorate the sesquicentennial while also displaying the city’s pride in its tree population.

“One of the things people really like about Mason is the natural beauty and the character,” Brown said. “It just seemed like a natural fit.”

Colburn said the trees would be planted in public streets or parks and the goal is to get 150 tree donations by the 150th anniversary in 2015.

Ferris said the tree commission is forming a list of trees that can be donated. She said the city has a lot of maples, elms and ash trees, and it is her hope that this program will lead to a greater variety of trees.

Ferris said the tree commission hopes to develop brochures that will instruct people on the proper care for their tree so they can ensure the health of their investment for generations.

Brown said the city has not yet discussed what the cost will be to donate a tree, but is hoping to present the completed plan within the next few months.

“Hopefully by this time next year people will be able to write a check and designate it for a tree planting.”

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