Island Tree Atlas will feature ‘trees of note’

Manitoulin Nature Club project will seek nominations

MANITOULIN—The Manitoulin Nature Club will be launching Tree Atlas of Manitoulin (TAM) this spring, a catalogue of significant trees on Manitoulin.

“It was Edith Garrette’s idea,” explained nature club member Lynda Lee of Rockville. “She and her late husband Grant organized the great tree search in the early 90s, which created a list of large and significant tress on the Island. She proposed this idea last year to record heritage trees or ‘witness trees’.”

Early surveyors documented trees at the imaginary corners and angles of parcels of land to mark boundaries and called them ‘witness trees.’ This distinction is also used to describe trees present at key historical events or events specific to a particular person such as a wedding or engagement.

“We will be asking people to register significant trees for the TAM,” Ms. Lee further explained. “Manitoulin trees that are unusual, significant to families and individuals, bent trees—any trees that stand out.”

What exact form the TAM will take is still being ironed out by the TAM committee of the Manitoulin Nature Club, but one thing is certain: all tree nominations (above the required minimum size) will be included.

The club hopes to launch TAM around Earth Day (April 22) and will have registration forms and further information available leading up to the launch.

The Expositor will be following this project to fruition, publishing some of the nominations, their stories and keeping the Island community up-to-date on this exciting new Island tree atlas.

Island citizens and summer residents are encouraged now to start thinking about local trees of significance that they can eventually nominate.