Tag: Heritage Trees

  • Cultivate the Millennium!

    Cultivate the Millennium!

    Growing and Tending Thousand-Year-Old Trees Long Now Foundation, Ignite 2024 In May 2024, I had the fortune of presenting at the Long Now Foundation’s 2024 Ignite Talks in San Francisco about our efforts to grow 1000 thousand-year-old trees throughout Edmonton. You can find all of the Long Now Foundation Ignite Talks on YouTube 2024 Ignite…

  • How To Grow a 1000-Year-Old Tree

    How To Grow a 1000-Year-Old Tree

    Edmonton Public Library How-To Festival What would it be like to live in a world where people tended 1000-year-old trees? How might planting long-lived trees change our thinking about the future and our role in its creation? The following is a recording and edited transcript of a talk I gave at the Edmonton Public Library’s…

  • Alberta Tree Register

    Alberta Tree Register

    Cataloguing Alberta’s Heritage Trees In 2019, with support from the Edmonton Heritage Council, I embarked on a year-long project to catalogue Edmonton’s heritage trees and plants. While doing so, I came across Lethbridge arborist Maureen Sexsmith-West and the two of us teamed up to start the Alberta Tree Register. The Alberta Tree Register attempts to pick…

  • Oldest Trees In Alberta

    Oldest Trees In Alberta

    Alberta Tree Species Capable of Living for 1000s of Years Alberta has a reputation as a “Prairie Province” despite being over 60% forested. And when it comes to the forest we do have, we’re not known for having large old trees. But is that accurate? Can Alberta grow old trees? What are the oldest trees…

  • Researching Edmonton Heritage Trees

    Researching Edmonton Heritage Trees

    Supported by the Edmonton Heritage Council On the edge of downtown Edmonton, on the river valley slopes, grows a wild patch of goji berries, descended from seeds imported and tended by Edmonton’s early Chinese community. A few blocks West, surrounded by asphalt, the chestnut seed Walter Holowach collected in Vienna stands forty feet tall, casting…

  • What Makes A Heritage Tree? Part 1 -Time

    What Makes A Heritage Tree? Part 1 -Time

    Time, Novelty, and Narrative and the Value of Heritage Trees The 2008 book Heritage Tree of Alberta lists 28 trees in Edmonton that are said to have “heritage value,” but what does that mean? How can we define “heritage tree”? This article attempts to synthesize a definition of a heritage tree by comparing the twenty-eight…

  • Development and the Lifespan of Urban Trees

    Development and the Lifespan of Urban Trees

    Tree Life Expectancy and the Cycle of Urban Development Since trees can live longer than buildings, development has an enormous impact on the lifespan of urban trees. While mature trees increase property value, they’re susceptible to damage from nearby development. Soil compaction from heavy equipment or storing materials, damage to roots from excavation, and regarding…

  • Slow Landscaping – Slow Trees in Fast Cities

    Slow Landscaping – Slow Trees in Fast Cities

    The Long Now Cities are fast-paced, ever-changing places filled with fast fashion, quick commerce, short election cycles, and perpetual development. What does living in the fast lane do to our ability to see the big picture and tackle life’s biggest challenges? How might fast-paced cities influence what musician and producer Brian Eno coined a sense…