Historic TX trees sought
College Station TX
Two trees rich in Lone Star State history were added this week to the Famous Trees of Texas registry.
A large evergreen Anacua identified during the restoration of the Espiritu Santo church at the Goliad Historic Site near San Antonio and a towering bald cypress in McKinney Falls State Park known as "Old Baldy" join the elite group. Images of the trees can be viewed in an online photo album www.facebook.com/media/set/
Forest Service oversees the Famous Trees of Texas registry, which recognizes trees that have witnessed exciting periods and events in Texas history. The original 81 Famous Trees of Texas were memorialized in a book published by TFS in the 1970s and 1980s. Only 57 of those are still alive. The book, Famous Trees of Texas, is now presented in an online format famoustreesoftexas.tamu.edu, with updates to reflect the status of the trees.
As Famous Trees of Texas occasionally succumb to the
ravages of time, nature and neglect, Texas A&M Forest
Service seeks to augment this distinguished group through
nominations of additional Famous Trees, such as the
Goliad Anacua and Old Baldy. The general public can make
nominations through the website that will be reviewed by
a steering committee. The criteria include: