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Wilsonville fir added to state heritage tree list


119-foot R.V. Short fir first named a heritage tree by city in 2006

by: JOSH KULLA - The R.V. Short fir stands 119 feet tall and has a circumference of 16 feet. The R.V. Short Douglas fir in Wilsonville recently was recognized as an official Oregon Heritage Tree. The tree is located on public land in the city of Wilsonville’s Park at Merryfield, which sits adjacent to Metro’s Graham Oaks Nature Park on the west side of the city.

Former Wilsonville Mayor and Clackamas County Commissioner Charlotte Lehan is now a member of the Oregon Heritage Tree Committee board of directors. Before that she was an avid backer of the city’s own heritage tree program and oversaw the addition of numerous trees to that list during her stint as mayor.

Lehan said only a handful of trees are accepted by the state heritage tree program each year.

“There are usually only three or four trees accepted

at the state level in any given year,” Lehan said. “So this

is quite an honor for Wilsonville.”

The Short Douglas fir is 119 feet tall and has a 16-foot circumfrence. It will now be listed in the Oregon brochure of State Historic Markers and State Heritage Trees that is distributed at rest stops and tourist information centers throughout Oregon.

The Short fir was named a heritage tree by the city of Wilsonville in 2006. It is named for Robert Valentine Short, who was a member of the Oregon Constitutional Convention and a land surveyor who helped create the original plat for downtown Portland.

Short established the donation land claim where he lived and farmed in 1851. It included all the land from the Willamette River at the current-day Morey’s landing north to Villebois.

A dedication ceremony for the tree will be held sometime in 2014.

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