Nine trees located at the Caltrans property on South Higuera Street in San Luis Obispo were dedicated Tuesday as heritage trees — a designation used to recognize trees of important historical or arboreal interest.
There are 27 such trees, all of different species, in the city. The latest additions include five sycamores, two incense cedars, one queen palm and one black acacia. They are the first to be dedicated in 20 years.
The trees were planted around the same time that the historic brick building, now housing Caltrans, was built in 1931.
Earlier this month, the City Council declared the trees as heritage trees — calling them outstanding specimens and examples of how large trees can mature if they are protected and cared for.
The distinction doesn’t protect the trees from future development, but does highlight the value of having such trees within the city, said Keith Pellemeier, the city’s urban forest supervisor.
— AnnMarie Cornejo