Letter: 13 years in a row

By on April 26, 2012

The village of Elburn has again been qualified as a 2011 Tree City USA. Thanks to the support of the village trustees and the work of the village Tree Board, this is the 13th consecutive year that this honor has been bestowed on the village. The Tree City USA program is a nationally sponsored certification program created and managed by the Arbor Day Foundation in cooperation with the National Association of State Foresters and the USDA Forest Service.

Our village is committed to preserve the quality of life and the welcoming vistas along our neighborhood streets, which are only made possible by the many stately trees that line them. The community is also very supportive of continuing efforts to maintain trees in our open space and park areas, where families can gather and recreate. Trees are the defining elements that make these open spaces and parks so enjoyable, and they offer many benefits, not only to the users of the space, but the overall environment. The Tree City USA designation awards is a reflection of commitment of tree preservation, tree education and tree health throughout the village.

There are seven important reasons to plant trees: they conserve energy, help clean the air, provide habitat for songbirds, can increase your home’s value, help keep our rivers and streams clean, fight global warming, and enhance the aesthetics of our community.

Join us Saturday, April 28, 10 a.m. at the Prairie Park, located on the corner of North Street and 3rd Street in Elburn, to celebrate Arbor Day and the importance of trees in our everyday lives. Join your village officials, the Tree Board, the Cub Scouts, and others in planting two trees in the park. There will be a short ceremony reading the Arbor Day proclamation, Joyce Kilmer’s famous poem about trees, and an explanation of the importance of Arbor Day.

Erin Willrett
Village Administrator
Elburn