Tree of the Year 2001: Blue Atlas Cedar (short version)

Tree of the Year 2001

Blue Atlas Cedar on Liberty Street.
Bears like to sit high in this tree!

The tree 391 Liberty Street (a house that was moved from Beach Street) was Ashland’s 2001 Tree of the Year.  Each year residents nominate favorite trees around town, the Tree Commission narrows the selection to a few, and then residents vote for their top choice.  The 2001 choice was a majestic Blue Atlas Cedar.  My photo through the electric wires doesn’t do it justice.  I hope you will see it for yourself.

This photo was taken in the year 1980. The red arrow points to the Blue Atlas Cedar at 391 Liberty Street. (photo by Terry Skibby, from City of Ashland website)
Tree of the Year 2001
Sign in front of the Tree of the Year 2001 on Liberty Street. (photo by Peter Finkle, 2020)

Liberty Street residents have told me of seeing a mother bear and two cubs sitting about 40 feet up in this tree!

Tree of the Year 2001
This photo of the Blue Atlas Cedar was taken in 2020. It was difficult for me to capture a good photo of this tree. (photo by Peter Finkle, 2020)
I hope you enjoyed this brief introduction to Ashland’s 2001 Tree of the Year. I will write a comprehensive photo essay about the tree at a later date.

Author: Peter Finkle

My name is Peter Finkle. I moved to Ashland in 1991. My email is I am a Husband, Father, Poet, Writer and Herbal Health Researcher.

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