City plans Arbor Day celebration; Birch tree planted at Lincoln Park

April 16, 2014 02:00 PM
The City of Galesburg Tree Commission will celebrate Arbor Day on Friday, April 25, 2014 by planting a birch tree at 11 a.m. at Lincoln Park in Galesburg. The tree is out of the City of Galesburg tree nursery.  Tree Commission members will be present along with city officials. The public is invited to attend.
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 fourteen 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.
Galesburg citizens are also reminded that free oak trees are available for planting on private property. The oak trees are presently 3 to 5 inches in diameter and 8 to 12 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 309/345-3621, 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.
Trees reduce the erosion of our topsoil by wind and water, cut heating and cooling costs, moderate the temperature, clean the air, produce oxygen and provide habitat for wildlife. The City of Galesburg recognizes that trees promote the well-being of current and future generations by beautifying our community, increasing property values, and enhancing the economic vitality of the City and encourages tree planting.


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