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The Village of Lombard was recently named a 2018 Tree City USA by the Arbor Day Foundation for its ongoing commitment to effective urban forest management.
To celebrate Lombard’s 28th year of Tree City USA recognition, residents are invited to attend a small tree planting ceremony at the Village of Lombard, near the intersection of Wilson and Stewart Avenues, at 1 p.m. on Friday, April 27.
Lombard achieved Tree City USA recognition by meeting the program's four requirements: a tree board or department, a tree-care ordinance, an annual community forestry budget of at least $2 per capita and an Arbor Day observance and proclamation. The Village also received its 21st Growth Award for continued improvements in Lombard’s Forestry Program.
Since 2015, Lombard Public Works has planted 2,228 parkway trees, many of which were infected by the Emerald Ash Borer. “Trees are an essential part of our community,” said Eric Hendrickson, Lombard’s Forestry and Urban Landscaping Supervisor. “We’re especially thrilled because this year marks the final planting season of the Village’s aggressive push to replant parkway trees that were lost to the Emerald Ash Borer.”
Lombard Public Works’ Forestry Division, which is comprised of a Supervisor and a three Forestry Technicians, maintains approximately 18,000 parkway trees. The Village’s parkway tree population includes 90 different species and staff is continuously working towards increasing population tree diversity.
Trees provide multiple benefits to a community when properly planted and maintained. They help to improve the visual appeal of a neighborhood, increase property values, reduce home cooling costs, intercept rainfall, remove air pollutants and provide wildlife habitat, among many other benefits.
Visit arborday.org/TreeCityUsa for more information on Tree City USA and www.villageoflombard.org/parkwaytrees for details on Lombard’s tree population and Forestry Division. Contact Public Works at email@example.com with any questions.