Did you know that the Old Mission Peninsula Historical Society has a Memorial Tree Committee? Why, yes, they do, and they’re looking for a few good spots to plant some trees.
Brian Brooks, who is part of the committee along with Laura Johnson and Jim Hall, says they are looking for locations to plant trees just beyond the road right-of-way, ideally along Center Road.
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He says they will consider other roads, but have a preference to complete Center Road first.
“Center Road was once lined with magnificent old maple trees, some over 100 years in age,” he says, adding that salt and disease has taken many of them down. “These trees provided shade for the horse teams to rest and get out of the summer sun.”
The Memorial Tree Project started in September 2000 under the direction of Leo and Rebecca (Tompkins) Nothstine. Since that time, more than 650 trees have been planted and nourished.
Brian says they plant the trees outside the right-of-way so that they have more control over their care, as the Grand Traverse County Road Commission doesn’t have the rights to trim or cut them.
“We typically plant them in a line parallel to the road approximately 40 feet apart, and the property owner will need to agree to allow us to put a memorial plaque at the base of the tree, and also allow the team to occasionally care for the trees,” he says. “We work with our local Scout Troop 34, who graciously help us plant and care for the trees.”
The trees are planted at no cost to the landowner. If you have property or know someone who may have property where the group can plant four or more trees, contact Brian Brooks at [email protected] and include the landowner’s contact information.
However, if you would like to have a tree dedicated as a “Memorial Tree” in memory of a loved one, please submit this form along with a check for $75 to the Old Mission Peninsula Historical Society. These contributions help the Historical Society continue to plant trees every year and beautify our roadways.