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Officials seek public input in determining Lexington’s official tree; choice between three varieties of oak

Lexington will soon have its own official tree, and the public is being asked to help decide which one of three oak trees gets the honor.

“Trees play an important role in making Lexington the special place it is,” says Third District Councilman Jake Gibbs. “It makes sense that the city designate one of these significant and historic oak trees by selecting one type as the city’s official tree.”

The finalists, selected by the Lexington Tree Board, are bur oak, Shumard Oak, and chinkapin oak. All three are native to the Bluegrass region and thrive here. The board decided that Lexington’s official tree should be an oak since the official National Tree is one. The board hopes that by identifying an official city tree, the public will plant more of that variety and preserve and protect others as well.

“Designating an official tree allows the public to learn more about the importance of trees in our urban environment,” says Bridget Abernathy, Tree Board chairperson. “Each of these iconic oak trees is worthy of this honor.”

The public can vote online at www.LexingtonKY.gov, or vote in person at West Sixth Brewing on Nov. 11 between 2 and 6 p.m. A portion of the proceeds from that afternoon will benefit TreesLexington!, a non-profit organization dedicated to improving and expanding Lexington’s tree canopy.

From City of Lexington

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