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Tree on Spadina Street selected as this year’s Tree of Significance

The announcement coincides with National Tree Day
2020 tree of significance weeping birch
This birch tree on Spadina Street is this year's Tree of Significance winner. Photo courtesy City of Moose Jaw

A tree on Spadina Street is this year’s winner of the City of Moose Jaw’s Tree of Significance contest.

National Tree Day is Sept. 23, which coincides with National Forest Week from Sept. 20 to 26. The municipality’s Tree of Significance program is held annually in conjunction with these events.

“This program encourages residents to take notice of and appreciate our urban forest,” Sarah Regent, city horticulturalist, explained in a news release. “It is also a chance to bring awareness to a tree with special significance in our community.”

This year’s winner is a large weeping birch in the front yard of 1515 Spadina Street. This tree, the news released said, is one of the few fully mature weeping birches left in Moose Jaw, after the Bronze Birch Borer insect caused the death of most of the birch tree population.

All winners of the Tree of Significance program since 2011 can be found on the City of Moose Jaw’s website. The parks and recreation department encourages Moose Jaw residents to take notice of and appreciate the community’s urban forest.