Arbor Day event to mark making trees count

By on April 16, 2009

by Martha Quetsch
Elburn recently was named a Tree City USA for the 10th year in a row, an achievement the village will highlight during its Arbor Day Celebration Saturday, April 25.

During the event, which is open to the public, the village will hold a drawing for a Gatorbag tree watering system and offer free, energy-efficient lightbulbs.

The Tree City USA program, sponsored by the Arbor Day Foundation in cooperation with the U.S. Department of Agriculture Forest Service and the National Association of State Foresters, provides technical assistance and national recognition for urban and community forestry programs in American towns and cities.

Elburn also received the foundation’s Growth Award, for village programs during the past year including holding tree assemblies at local schools, distributing tree health information with residents’ water bills, inventorying the condition of trees in town, and offering a holiday tree recycling program, said Erin Willrett, the village’s community development director.

In addition, the village is planting 116 trees on parkways throughout the village to replace those the inventory showed were dying or in poor condition, Willrett said.

Community Arbor Day Celebration
10 a.m. Saturday, April 25
Veterans Memorial at Village Hall
301 E. North St., Elburn

Tree City USA
Elburn is one of 3,310 communities that
are currently a Tree City USA.
To qualify for the designation, the Arbor Day Foundation requires that a municipality have the following:
• a tree board or department
• a tree-care ordinance
• a community forestry program with a budget
of at least $2 per capita
• an annual Arbor Day observance and proclamation
Source: The Arbor Day Foundation