Three old trees in Manitoba are getting special status under a new heritage program.

The government says recognizing trees because they are unique, old, or have historic significance is a first in Canada.

Conservation Minister Tom Nevakshonoff says the program will also help increase public awareness of their importance.

The first trees to be chosen are an elm planted in 1905 on Winnipeg's Waterloo Street and a cottonwood dating from 1891 at the city's Point Douglas School.

A third tree to be recognized is an old oak in Souris believed to be about 550 years old and one of the oldest trees in Manitoba..

The program was developed along with the Manitoba Forestry Association and Trees Winnipeg.

Anyone can nominate a tree for reasons that include:

  • It is historically or culturally significant.
  • It is notable because of its location or specific characteristics.
  • It has attracted other public or scientific recognition.
  • It is the largest or oldest of its species in Manitoba.
  • It is extremely rare in Manitoba.

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