The City of Atlantic Beach has designated a live oak estimated to be 170 years old as the fifth heritage tree in the community.
The 38-inch-diameter tree is in the backyard of the home of David and Wendy Harvey of 1667 Park Terrace East. The City Commission approved the heritage tree designation at its meeting Monday.
According to the City of Atlantic Beach tree-protection code definitions, heritage trees on city-owned property (parks and rights-of-way) are “any tree determined by the City Commission to be of unique or intrinsic value due to its age, size, species, and/or cultural, ecological or historical significance or some other contribution to the city’s character, specifically including all cypress, live oak and magnolia trees with diameter 30 inches or greater.” Although a heritage tree designation does not prevent a tree from ever being removed, it makes it more difficult and costly to remove. Protected trees must be mitigated at a rate of 1 inch for every 2 inches removed; a heritage tree must be mitigated at a rate of 1 inch for every inch removed.
For information about Atlantic Beach’s heritage tree program, call 247-5822 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.