"There is hope for a tree, if it be cut down, that it will sprout again, and that the tender branch thereof will not cease." Job 14:7
The Allegany County Forestry Board supports the planting of Heritage Trees in local public spaces by donating and installing seedlings propagated from historically significant trees. These seedlings are purchased from the John S. Ayton State Tree Nursery. Twelve Heritage Legacy Yellow Poplar Liberty Trees were planted in 2016 in the following locations: C&O Canal National Historical Park, Casselman River Bridge State Park, Green Fridge State Forest Headquarters, Polish Mountain Overlook in Green Ridge State Forest, Evergreen Heritage Center, St.John’s College in Annapolis, Anne Arundel County Forestry Board, Allegany College of Maryland, Washington’s Headquarters at Cumberland Riverside Park, and the LaVale Lions Club Den. In 2017, the Forestry Board will plant eight Wye Oak progeny throughout our county and state.
Tree seedlings originate from a scion (graft) of the original Maryland historic Liberty Tree, a tulip popular that stood at a site at present day St. John's College in Annapolis. Officials nurture the seedlings at John S. Ayton State Tree Nursery.Under this tree, American revolutionaries advocated independence from Great Britain during the Stamp Act of 1765. Liberty trees were gathering places for Sons of Liberty groups throughout the American colonies. Two members that gathered under the Liberty Tree from the Annapolis chapter of the Sons of Liberty became signers of the Declaration of Independence. When they could, British troops chopped down these symbols of independence.The tree stood silent witness from several blocks away when George Washington resigned his military commission as commander of chief the Continental Army on December 23, 1783 at the Annapolis State House. In 1999, at an estimated 400 years of age, the last of the surviving liberty trees in the original 13 colonies died from damage caused by Hurricane Floyd. This tulip tree was at one time the largest known of its species in the United States.
Tree Nursery personnel at the John S. Ayton State Tree Nursery collect and propagate fruit from offspring of the original Wye Oak, Maryland’s official state tree. The Wye Oak, once the largest know white oak of its kind, grew at Wye Mills, Maryland. On June 6, 2002, a severe thunderstorm brought down this iconic tree at the estimated age of more than 450 years. Since 1909, the Wye Oak captured the imagination of Maryland's First state Forester, Fred W. Besley, who inspired by the tree's immense size, started a champion big tree contest in Maryland. This program was the first of its kind and later adopted across the country.
George Washington Elm Tree
At Garrett Memorial Hospital in Oakland, Maryland, foresters collect root shoots generated from a descendant of the Washington Elm Tree that once grew at Cambridge, Massachusetts. Legend states that on July 3, 1775, during the American Revolutionary War, General George Washington, under the shade of this elm tree, reviewed his troops after taking command of America's first army. In 1923, the Cambridge Washington Elm succumbed to decay, old age, and bitter storms. Happily, before this iconic elm died, individuals grew new trees from scions, root shoots, and seed collected from the original tree. In 1932, officials planted descendants of the original Washington Elm tree all across the country to celebrate the 200th birthday of George Washington.
Checklist of items needed to care for the Heritage Legacy Trees:
- Purchase six (6) feet of fencing length at least four feet high, three (3) stakes, one (1) bag of mulch, and plastic ties.
- Assign a person to water tree at least every ten days during the first growing season.
- Plant the trees on public lands (Federal, State, County, and City properties).
Liberty Tree planted at Luke Park Liberty Tree planted at Riverside Park Libery Tree at Oldtown
Attending: Mayor of Luke & North
Branch Lions Club