City Plans Arbor Day Celebration – Maple Tree to be Planted at Galesburg High School

April 14, 2015 03:35 PM
 Arbor Day Foundation
The City of Galesburg and the Galesburg Tree Commission will celebrate Arbor Day on Friday, April 24, 2015 by planting a Crimson King Maple tree at 11:00 a.m. on the campus of Galesburg High School (GHS). The maple tree has been donated by the Galesburg Lowe’s store. A GHS biology class will be participating in the planting along with Tree Commission members and City officials. The public is invited to attend.
Galesburg citizens are also reminded that free oak trees are still available for planting on private property. The oak trees are presently 3 to 6 inches in diameter and 8 to 15 feet tall. They grow to be large, impressive trees with a broad, rounded form. At maturity these trees will be 40 to 100 feet tall and with a spread of 40 to 80 feet. Citizens will need to hire a professional tree moving company with the appropriate size tree spade in order to move the trees as the trees are too large to move by hand digging. Proper equipment is required to ensure the trees are handled in a safe and healthy manner. To reserve your free tree, call the Forestry Division at 345-3621, and give your name, phone number, address where the tree will be planted and provide the name of the tree moving company you will be using.
The City is committed to managing its public tree resources and providing for an awareness and appreciation of trees among the residents of the community. Galesburg has been recognized as a Tree City USA by The National Arbor Day Foundation for fifteen consecutive years. Arbor Day was first observed in 1872 in Nebraska with the planting of more than one million trees, and is now observed throughout the nation and the world. The last Friday in April is annually selected as Arbor Day in Illinois.
Contact Larry Cox, Director of Parks and Recreation, at 309-344-3140 for additional information. 


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