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June 4, 2023

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Heritage trees at Parker’s Landing Historical Park receive life-extending care

The Columbian

WASHOUGAL — Recently five volunteers from Cascade Tree Works visited Parker’s Landing Historical Park to lend a hand to the park’s heritage apple, walnut and cherry trees.

Last year, ISA Certified Arborist Richard Kemmerly and others from Cascade Tree Works assisted members of the Parkersville National Heritage Site Advisory Committee with the heritage trees nomination. Kemmerly helped measure the trees, a requirement of the application, using a laser light device. He also confirmed the trees were healthy enough to qualify. The nomination forms were then submitted to the WSU Extension Clark County Master Gardener program that maintains a list of trees of significance through its Heritage Tree Program. All nominations were accepted into the program in July 2022.

Kemmerly considers pruning crucial for the health and longevity of urban trees, especially for fruit trees. “Due to their unique structure, growth patterns, and additional weight added during harvest season, fruit trees require regular pruning by a skilled professional,” he stated.

The park’s heritage trees are a significant part of the history of Parkersville, Camas and Washougal.