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Historic Sites of Manitoba: Heritage Tree Program Plaque (Argyle Street, Winnipeg)

This Winnipeg plaque commemorates the first Provincial Heritage Tree designated in the Heritage Tree Program, announced on 1 October 2015 by Conservation and Water Stewardship Minister Tom Nevakshonoff, and operated in partnership with the Manitoba Forestry Association and Trees Winnipeg. The program builds on inventory work begun in 1985 by the Manitoba Forestry Association, Manitoba Department of Natural Resources (Forestry Branch), Agriculture Canada, and Canadian Forestry Service.

Located next to Argyle School in a cottonwood tree planted by nine year-old student Elizabeth “Bessie” Goodman on Arbor Day in May 1891. It was the first of three trees inducted into the Heritage Tree Program at its October 2015 launch. A commemorative plaque was affixed to mark the event. The plaque was removed between June 2018 and August 2020.

Heritage Tree Program commemorative plaque

Heritage Tree Program commemorative plaque (April 2018)
Source: Nathan Kramer

Heritage Tree Program commemorative plaque, as seen next to its tree

Heritage Tree Program commemorative plaque, as seen next to its tree (June 2018)
Source: Nathan Kramer

Site Location (lat/long): N49.90220, W97.12922
denoted by symbol on the map above

See also:

Historic Sites of Manitoba: Argyle School (30 Argyle Street, Winnipeg)

Manitoba Organization: Manitoba Forestry Association


Heritage Trees of Manitoba - Manitoba Forestry Association, V. Hildahl & M. E. Benum, 1987. [Legislative Library of Manitoba, General Collection, QK 486 .M3 Hil]

Manitoba Heritage Trees, TreesWinnipeg.

“A little girl tells story of big tree,” Winnipeg Free Press, 23 September 1950, page 3.

“Honor roll for old trees takes root,” Winnipeg Free Press, 19 March 1988, page 74.

“Heritage status for old oak tree,” by Eva Wasney, Winnipeg Free Press, 1 October 2015, page B6.

News Release, “Province announces three special trees now protected,” Government of Manitoba, 1 October 2015.

This page was prepared by Nathan Kramer.

Page revised: 25 July 2021

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