Today we bring you the first in a series of podcasts highlighting the amazing stories behind some of Portland's Heritage Trees. Produced through a unique partnership between PP&R Urban Forestry and Portland State University, the Portland Heritage Tree Podcasts were created by Caitlin Tholen, Joshua Justice and Ryan Wisnor as part of a Portland State University course on Portland’s Heritage Tree program. These podcasts explore a few of the many trees within the Heritage Tree program as well as a few trees that are not officially designated. Visit the PSU site to find not only the podcasts, but credits and further reading on the trees. A special thanks to Bruce Rash of KPSU for his assistance in recording these podcasts.
In this episode we look at Heritage Tree #295, the Joseph Lane Bigleaf Maple. Planted in the late 1800s in honor of the first territorial governor of Oregon, Joseph Lane, then rededicated in 1948 by Mary Albro (founder of the Pioneer Rose Association and whose husband was a descendant of Lane). This podcast also delves into the practice of planting trees in cemeteries and Lone Fir in particular. This podcast is based on original research by Joshua Justice.
For more podcasts and information on the project, visit: https://www.pdx.edu/history/heritage-trees-podcasts