Century Presents Historic Tree Marker To ‘Heritage Tree’ Owners
April 19, 2017
The Town of Century recently presented a historic tree marker to the owners of the town’s first heritage tree.
The town’s Land Development Code defines a “historic tree” as one that has been designated by the Town of Century has one of notable historic interest and value to the town because of its location or historical association with the community.
Joan Carnley of West State Line Road submitted a Heritage Tree Nomination Form for the designation of of a magnolia tree on her property as a heritage tree, defined as any tree with a diameter of at least 30 inches or seven feet, 10 inches in circumference, whichever is less, measured 54 inches above ground level.
Carnley said her tree is 11-feet, four inches in circumference. Carnley’s home was constructed in 1938, but the tree predates the home and has been estimated to be 150 to 175 years old.
Now approved as heritage tree by the town council, the tree can’t be removed without finding by the council that the tree is hazard or it is no economically or practically feasible to develop the parcel without removing the tree.
There are no other designated historic trees in Century.
Pictured top: Century Mayor Henry Hawkins presents a historic tree marker to Hal and Joan Carnley. Pictured inset and bottom: The heritage tree magnolia on West State Line Road. Pictured below: Hawkins, the Carnleys and Century council members Ann Brooks, Gary Riley, Ben Boutwell and Luis Gomez. NorthEscambia.com photos, click to enlarge.