In 1976 as part of the bicentennial celebrations, Walter Scott from the Wisconsin State Department of Natural Resources lead a survey to find trees in an 8-mile radius of the state capital that were estimated to be at least 200 years old. The Fitchburg Parks, Recreation and Forestry Department had identified the original old trees in Fitchburg and is working to identify new trees that meet the age requirement as well as to identify the old trees that are no longer standing. The 200 plus year old trees have been called Heritage Trees and are identified by their circumference at 4.5 feet above ground level. White and bur oaks need a trunk circumference of at least 10 feet. Pin, black and red oaks need a circumference of at least 11 feet. As of several years ago they had identified 115 trees of this age or older.
Since old trees are part of our Fitchburg heritage, the Fitchburg Historical Society has developed a new project to help the Fitchburg Parks, Recreation and Forestry Department update their records and establish which of the old Heritage Trees are still standing, identify other trees that are over 200 years old and take photographs of as many of the Heritage Trees as possible.
The city developed a map showing the locations of the Heritage and Specimen Trees in Fitchburg. We have modified this map to show only the Heritage Trees (see below) and are placing a number on the map by each Heritage Tree that is still standing. The numbered list below has links to 2020 photographs of the trees. We are requesting FHS members and anyone interested to use this map to 1) help identify those Heritage Trees that have been cut down (will place an X on the map); 2) take photographs of the Heritage Trees that are still standing (the city does not have photographs of the old Heritage Trees); and 3) to identify new Heritage Trees in Fitchburg. This information is being shared with the city.
If you have questions, information and/or photographs of Heritage Trees or think you have identified a 200 plus year old tree please contact the Fitchburg Historical Society at Woodedarchives@gmail.com The map below can be downloaded and enlarged to better identify the locations of the Heritage Trees.
Numbered trees with links to tree photographs
- Tree 1 at Fitchburg Serenity Club, PD and Spoke
- Tree 2 at Fitchburg Serenity Club, PD and Spoke
- Tree 1 on Vroman Farmstead, Seminole and Vroman Rd (dead but still standing)
- Tree 2 on Vroman Farmstead, Seminole and Vroman Rd
- Tree 1 on Pembroke Dr west of Raritan Rd
- Tree 2 on Pembroke Dr west of Raritan Rd, in back yard
- Tree in Oak Meadow Park, between Targhee St and Saw-tooth Dr
- Tree behind Quivey’s Grove stone house on Nesbitt Rd
- Tree 1 (west) on south end of Quarry Hill Park by Quarry Hill Dr.
- Tree 2 (east) on south end of Quarry Hill Park by Quarry Hill Dr.
- Tree off of Fish Hatchery Rd and south of Noble Dr., cannot see from road
- Tree 1 on south side of Whalen Rd east of Seminole Dr.
- Tree 2 on north side of Whalen Rd east of Seminole Dr.
- Tree 1 on east side MM north of Lacy junction Old photo tree 1
- Tree 2 on east side MM north of Lacy junction Old photo tree 2
- Tree 3 on east side MM north of Lacy junction Old photo tree 3
- Tree 4 on east side MM north of Lacy junction
- Tree 5 on east side MM north of Lacy junction