The tree selected as Cleveland’s Big Old Tree is a 130-foot-tall red oak located at 3635 North Ocoee St. The tree adorns the yard of City Council member Dale Hughes.
The trees on this page and on Page 48 are some of the trees nominated as Cleveland’s Big Old Tree.
The contest had a twofold goal. One, to local the biggest tree within the city limits of Cleveland. The second was to locate and identify the big trees in the community and preserve the tree canopy in Cleveland.
Dan Hartman, urban tree forester, said “We already know we’ve lost beautiful trees. Too many times I get a call from someone who is afraid a tree will hit the house. Too many times they want to do improper work or simply remove the tree from a lack of understanding. In most cases, it does not need to be removed.”
The initiative, according to Hartman, is to promote awareness of the beauty of vibrant trees — big and small.
He reminded that trees are beneficial to the community as they filter the air and release more oxygen into it, absorb excess rainwater, stabilize soil and provide shade and privacy.