For the past 25 years, the City of Fitchburg has received Tree City USA designation, earning Sterling Tree City status.
The City has also received 11 Growth Awards through the Arbor Day Foundation. Both of these designations reflect the City of Fitchburg's dedication to conserving, protecting, and enhancing valuable natural resources.
Heritage / Specimen Tree Inventory
The Parks, Recreation and Forestry Department has a citywide heritage and specimen tree inventory. We are trying to relocate the trees of the original survey and identify new ones. Identification of these trees makes the community aware of these historical and natural resources and brings us one step closer to their protection. To date, we have identified 115 heritage trees and 93 specimen or potential specimen trees. To view these trees check out our Inventory Map.
Please help us identify additional heritage and specimen trees. Contact us if you are interested in determining if you have heritage or specimen trees on your property.
Heritage trees are those estimated to be 200 years or older, as determined by their size. To be classified as heritage trees, white or bur oaks need a trunk circumference measured at 4.5 feet above ground level of at least 10 feet, and pin, black, and red oaks need a trunk circumference of 11 feet.
Specimen trees are those 15 inches or greater in diameter that display superior quality and characteristics when compared to trees of the same species.