Palos Park Named Tree City
Palos Park has again been
named a Tree City USA by the National Arbor Day Foundation. The Village is also the
recipient of the Tree City USA Growth Award for demonstratinf progress in its community
forestry program in the areas of publicity events and street tree planting.
To become a Tree City, a community must meet four standards: have a
tree board or department, a tree care ordinance, a comprhensive community forestry
program, and an Arbor Day observance.
community's tree-planting program is a living memorial to the citizens' concern for the
quality of life. The trees we plant and care for today will increase property values, cool
and beautify our cities, fight pollution, conserve energy and give wildlife a home for
years to come," John Rosenow, the National Arbor Day Foundation president, reminds
us. "An effective community forestry program is an ongoing process of growth and
renewal--a program of planting and care that continues through the years. The Tree City
USA award is an excellent indication that there is a solid foundation for that process of
Tree Body president, Linda Johnson, Public Works Director, Larry
Miller and member Carol Vandervelde, attended the awards ceremony at the Morton Arboretum.
Larry and Linda, along with other members of the Tree Body, spent many hours researching
and preparing submittals for the awards.
Congratulations to the Tree Body and the Department of Public Works
for their continued efforts to keep the Tree City programs alive and well and improving
and improving every year. Join them at their regular meetings at the Village Hall the
first Tuesday of every month. For further information about this valuable committee
working so hard to keep Palos Park beautiful, call Linda Johnson at (708)361-2492.
The National Arbor Day Foundation has named Palos Park a 1998 Tree City USA and has
bestowed its Growth Award to honor the village's long-term commitment to caring for its
trees. At the Village Council meeting on March 9, Patricia Jones, the village
administrator, explained that the Growth Award brings national recognition for the
village's tree care program for trees on public property.
Palos Park will receive a plaque at the Illinois Department of Natural Resources
conference and award ceremony at the Morton Arboretum on March 23, 1999 she said.
Link to National Arbor