Tree enthusiasts statewide are expected in Astoria Friday, April 9, when the Oregon Heritage Tree Statewide Dedication ceremony takes place on the grounds of the Flavel House, an historic museum operated by the Clatsop County Historical Society at 441 Eighth St.

The public is invited to the free 1 p.m. event, with a reception to follow. The ceremony will feature nine trees on the Flavel family property, part of an original landscape planted around the 1886 Queen Anne style house of Capt. George Flavel. The grove consists of a giant sequoia, a ginkgo, a Camperdown elm, a bay laurel, a pear and four cork elms. At the request of Capt. Flavel, the family gardener, Louis Schultz, planted these trees years ago.

Featured speakers include Oregon Heritage Commission Chairman David Ellis and State Rep. Betsy Johnson. The ceremony will officially announce the Flavel House trees as Oregon Heritage Trees. In addition to the Astoria selections, the 2003 Heritage Trees include those in the Frank Lockyear Memorial Cedar Grove in the Mount Hood National Forest near Estacada, the Benedictine Sisters Sequoia in Mount Angel and the Pow-Wow Tree in Gladstone. There are 32 Oregon Heritage Trees.

The Oregon Heritage Tree Program was formed in 1994 and is the first such program in the state, established to help increase public awareness of the important contribution of trees to Oregon's history and heritage. For more information about the tree program, call (800) 574-9397.

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