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Calling all Columbia tree huggers

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Nominations are being accepted for two more days for the Treasured Trees Program, a joint project of the city of Columbia, the Columbia Garden Club and the Columbia Tree and Appearance Commission. The initiative aims to document and preserve trees that are significant for a variety of reasons, including size, scarcity, historical value or sentimental value.

Trees must be located on private or public property within the Greater Columbia Metropolitan Area to be considered for the program. Anyone can submit a nomination, which should include a description of the tree, its location and a photograph. Nominations also require a signature granting the Treasured Trees Program access to the property.

The owner/caretaker of each selected tree or tree grove will receive a certificate of recognition at an Arbor Day celebration at the Governor’s Mansion.

Nominations are due Friday and can be emailed to or delivered to the City of Columbia’s Forestry and Beautification Division, located at 2910 Colonial Drive.

For more information, contact the Forestry and Beautification Division at 803-545-3860 or visit the program’s website

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