A tree grows in Nevada City | TheUnion.com

A tree grows in Nevada City

Next spring, tourists and locals can go on a free guided walking tour showcasing 50 Nevada City trees growing in the historic town.

A new group called “Friends of Trees for Nevada County” recently received a $5,000 grant from California ReLeaf, a nonprofit group that works on urban forestry projects in partnership with the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection.

The group also received $2,000 from the Nevada City Chamber of Commerce. The group will use the grant money for layout and printing of 2,000 brochures.

The brochures will include maps of downtown and botanical illustrations and descriptions of each tree, said Ellen Solomon, an arborist and one of the Friends of Trees organizers. The trees in the guide will be a mix of natives, ones planted during the city’s early years and unusual species such as the ancient ginkgo biloba, or maidenhair tree, growing at the Chinese Monument.

Many trees on the list were first brought to the Aristocrat Hill area during the 1800s by French nurseryman Frank Gillet, Solomon said. Natives can be found growing among the tombstones at the old cemetery or along Deer Creek.

“There are probably some that are a 100 years old,” Solomon said.

The group is looking for a volunteer illustrator who can draw botanically accurate, Solomon said.

Interested artists can contact Solomon at 692-2324.


To contact Staff Writer Laura Brown, e-mail laurab@theunion.com or call 477-4231.

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