And Community Trees Enhance The Quality Of Our Lives
Vol. 11 No. 2 Illinois
Department of Natural Resources
Urban Forestry Program April/May,
Seeds of Woody Plants Manual Illinois
Arbor Day Poster Wins National Competition
#2 in TCU and
#1 in Growth
IL Tree City USA Special Awards
Arbor Day 9/11 Special Tree Plantings
Tree Groves Program
ARE A SYMBOL OF COMPASSION
plant trees to remember. We plant trees to forget. We plant
trees to honor. We plant trees and yet... Each tree we plant
is symbol of compassion for those who are yet to beget.
communities and organizations this year will be planting symbolic
Forests Memorial Tree Campaign will plant a tree for every
person who lost her or his life on September 11th.
These trees will serve with dignity and grace as living legacies
to fallen Americans and provide environmental benefits for
April 11, 2002 at 2:00 p.m., an Illinois community made Arbor
Day Trees as a Tribute and memorial to September 11, a
decades-old tradition may offer solace and hope for the future.
"A monument of trees in a well-ordered grove is human and
humane. It speaks the language of freemen. It is full of solace
and hope to the bereaved. As a living and a breathing thing,
it speaks of victory over death. It is expressive of thanks
and devotion by the people to its heroes dead and living."--
Richard Leiber, Secretary of the Indiana Board of Forestry.
quote could have been written last fall, but is more than
80 years old. Mr. Leiber's words come from post-World War
I America, when a changed nation looked toward the future
and a time of peace.
As a tribute to the heroes and a memorial to the victims of
the tragic events of September 11, 2001, twin Dawn Redwood
trees were planted at the Bloomingdale Fire Department Headquarters
Station #1, 179 S. Bloomingdale Road by V.F.W. Post 7539,
the Bloomingdale Fire Department and the Village of Bloomingdale.
A SYMBOLIC PART OF LIFE!
by: Reinee Hildebrandt, Urban Conservation Program Administrator
K-Mart Fund For Kids and K-Mart Fund For Communities - supporting
children's programs and community volunteer groups. www.kmartcorp.com/corp/community/index.stm
Foundation Sustainable Communities Grant - promoting environmentally
sound and economically vital and socially just efforts nationwide.
Fund - Grants for Grassroots Environmental Groups - not to exceed
$25,000. Contact Catherine Lerza at 202-293-0062 for more information.
Tree Trust Partnership Enhancement Grant Program - for 501(c)3
organizations has four categories: tree planting/maintenance, education/training,
overhead/administration, and national program/project.
National Urban and Community Forestry budget: $36 million, $358,000
above last year's level.
Arboretum- Bloom'n Color Hotline - explore the Morton Arboretum';s
collection of over 3,300 types of plants from around the world.
Find out the current color information on the Bloom 'n Color Hotline
(630-719-7955) or at www.mortonarb.org
Addresses of Interest
a database on plants:
a oak tree planting web site:
information on allergy free gardens:
link to the Community Trees website:
the Seeds of Woody Plants reference in U.S. Agriculture Handbook
view a new e-journal on Land Use and Water Resources Research: http://www.luwrr.com
over 3,500 images of more than 800 insects, diseases, plants, wildlife
and management practices try:
To order the new Compatible Street Tree Facts Sheets contact:
Publications office at 112 Agricultural Admin. Building, University
Park, PA 16802. Factsheets On-line. These factsheets were developed
by Cornell Extension, Monroe County with funding from the Forest
Service, NY State DEC and Cornell. http://www.cce.cornell.edu/monroe/cfep/factsheets/index.html#forestryfactsheets
Book: Trees and Risk: Reclaiming an Urban Forest. A recently
published title by award-winning author Evelyn Herwitz, this book
is a case study of Worcester, Massachusetts colonization/growth
and examines the impact of urbanization on the (or any) city's forests
throughout the previous three centuries. For more information, search:
Curriculum in Development - Project Learning Tree invites you
to help in the development of a new secondary supplemental curriculum
called "Exploring Environmental Issues in the Places We Live." This
new module will explore the many facets of the theme of community
environmental issues, dealing with topics as varied as urban growth,
energy use, water quality, transportation, health, land use, and
economics. The variety of activities will help students examine
the relationships between people, communities, and the environment
that define our neighborhoods. To join in the development process
and serve as links to local resources log on to: http://www.plt.org/communities/Join.htm.
Username: homer Password: treebark
Read about the different sections of the module, submit any local
resources that you think would help in the development of the module
and/or be useful to other educators as they teach these topics.
Awards and Contests
Arbor Day Poster Winner Champ Wins National Competition
Nearly 1,700 students from 45 schools submitted entries for this
year's theme, "Trees are Terrific.... Inside and Out!" Each school
submitted its winner to the state competition, which is sponsored
by the Department of Natural Resources and the National Arbor Day
Foundation, with financial support from the Illinois Chapter of
the Society of American Foresters and the Illinois Arborist Association.
Yoo, a fifth grade student at Woodland Intermediate School in
Grayslake, is this year's Illinois Arbor Day Poster Contest winner
and the National Arbor Day Foundation's national Arbor Day poster
contest competition. "This young lady's entry was very creative,
incorporating many wildlife species in the tree's branches and a
variety of products that can be made from wood drawn inside the
tree's trunk," said Illinois Department of Natural Resources Director
Brent Manning. To view Yoo's winning poster please visit Illinois
Department of Natural Resources web page at http://dnr.state.il.us/lands/education/classrm/poster.htm.
Yoo is a student of Rachel Josephson.
the state level, Yoo's Illinois victory earned her a $100 U.S. Savings
Bond, National Arbor Day book bag and Taylor's Guide - Trees
and Secret's of Monet's Garden books. The national winner
will be publically announced on April 26th by the National Arbor
Day Foundation at the Washington D.C. opening of the Arbor Day National
Poster Contest Art Exhibit. This exhibit is held at the U.S. Botanical
Gardens. The national winner, two parents and the art teacher will
receive an expense-paid trip to Washington D.C. to participate in
the announcement then travel to Nebraska City for the 2002 Arbor
Day weekend festivities. First-place prizes at the national level
include a $1,000 U.S. Savings Bond, lifetime membership to the National
Arbor Day Foundation and a framed color copy of the winning poster.
The winner's teacher will receive $200 for educational materials.
other Illinois contest finalists and the prizes they will receive
place - Mignon Rademan, a student of Mrs. Julie Higginbotham
at Oakland Grade School, Antioch.
place - Edward Swingler, a student of Ms. Vicki Niemerg at Sacred
Heart Elementary School, Effingham.
place - Lorraine L. Chow, a student of Mrs. Debra Stapleton
at Barkstall School, Champaign.
place - Edward Anderson, a student of Mrs. Ann Butcher at Fearn
Elementary, North Aurora.
place - Blythe Roberson, a student of Diane Loughlin at W. C.
Petty School, Antioch.
place - Lauren Beaird, a student of Mrs. Darla Tieszen at Ingersoll
Middle School, Canton.
place - Kristin Pearson, a student of Marcia Meyer at Grand
Ridge Grade School, Grand Ridge.
place - Kevin Hsiue, a student of Debra Johnson at Country Meadow
Elementary School, Long Grove.
place - Julianne Shupryt, a student of Cindy Zabilka at St.
Michael School, Orland Park.
following students won honorable mention: Rosie Drosos, a
student of Heather Kolosinski at Mann Park, Chicago; Dhara Thakkar,
a student of Patricia Bongiorno at Lakeview School, Hoffman Estates;
and Jessica Hwang, a student of Mr. Abraham J. Lee at North Elementary
School, Des Plaines.
year's judges included: Ron Coombs, Tree City USA contact for East
Peoria; Larry McDaniel, Tree City USA contact for Peoria; Channey
Lyons, a writer/editor for Illinois Times and visual arts review
for the Times Observer; Scott Bretthauer, University of Illinois
Extension Specialist in Urban Forestry; and Brandon Ramirez, Illinois
Department of Natural Resources, Urban Forestry.
Arbor Day Poster Contest is open to all public, private and home-schooled
fifth graders. Individual schools are responsible for local poster
contest judging, with winners of the school contests sent to the
IDNR for state judging. The 2003 theme is "Trees are Terrific...from
acorn to oak!" Informational packets will be mailed in the fall
to all Illinois schools having fifth grade classes. Entries for
the 2003 contest must be postmarked by February 20, 2003.
Illinois Communities Receive Tree City USA Honors Making Illinois
#2 in the National for the Number of Tree City USA Communities
- "Tree City USA" designation is being given to 171 Illinois communities
this year for their promotion of urban forestry, Department of Natural
Resources Director Brent Manning announced today. "Trees provide
economic, health and aesthetic benefits to their urban communities,"
Manning said. "I commend the cities around Illinois who are dedicated
to their urban forests and challenge those who are not currently
participating in the program to protect and enhance their city's
communities are participating for the first time this year, including
Carlinville, Cedarville, Clinton, Forrest, Lakewood, Lincoln, Mackinaw,
Momence, Morton Grove, Riverdale, South Holland and Wilmington.
level of participation in 2001 makes Illinois #1 for the number
of Growth Award Communities -
This year, 38 Tree City USA communities also will receive a "Growth
Award" to recognize additional urban forestry efforts, with
Naperville and Urbana each receiving sterling certificates recognizing
their participation as growth communities for a decade.
To qualify for a Growth Award, a community must have 1) been designated
a Tree City USA participant previously; 2) conducted a variety of
urban forestry activities; and 3) spent at least the same amount
of money on its program this year as last year.
- Five utilities will receive a Tree Line USA award including Batavia
Electric Utility; Commonwealth Edison; Illinois Power; City of Rantoul
Public Works, City Light and Power; and Springfield CWLP. The program
encourages utility companies to implement tree care education programs
and to sponsor local public education and tree-planting events.
year's awards were presented March 21st at the Morton Arboretum
in Lisle and March 26th at the Northfield Center in Springfield.
The Morton Arboretum and Southwestern Resource and Conservation
Development, Inc., helped sponsor the Lisle and Springfield events,
a list of Tree City USA communities and the number of years they
have participated in the program visit http://dnr.state.il.us/pubaffairs/2002/March/treecity2001-02update.htm
Tree City USA Special Awards
Tree City USA Special Awards for 2001 presented
at the 2002 Tree City USA Conference and Award Ceremonies on March
21 and March 26, 2002 in Lisle, IL and Springfield, IL:
Who Plant Trees Award (Rev 1/01) - Recipients
should be Illinois residents dedicated time to local tree planting
efforts and encouraged others to plant trees in their community.
This is for a significant contribution over a long period of time.
Rantoul Garden Club - The Rantoul Garden
Club initiated a tree planting and education program through the
city schools and adult program in April, 1958 and has continued
through the years. To date, 95,585 trees and shrubs have been distributed
throughout the local area and in some adjoining areas through their
schools. The members have planted numerous memorial trees honoring
deceased members and placing a plaque at the base of the trees.
Members have cared for many of these trees personally. At one school,
a class assisted by the Rantoul Garden Club, planted a tree honoring
a teacher who';d taught that grade. Rantoul Garden Club alerted
local schools, organizations and public in general to the "Vote
for the National Tree" program, distributing information through
individual letters, e-mails and posters. The Rantoul Garden Club
has received may Arbor Day awards through the federated Garden Clubs
including outstanding civic, educational and environmental awards.
One of their past presidents was honored by the Arbor Day Foundation';s
for her tree planting efforts through all the National Garden Clubs.
who Care For Trees Award -
For those (Illinois residents or entities) who have dedicated their
lives to protecting, preserving and maintaining the health and integrity
of their local community/urban forest.
- 2001 - Vivian Lund - Warrenville Mrs. Lund is a living example
of someone who cares about trees. She demonstrates her caring by
maintaining a quality city forestry/tree care program, by supporting
efforts to preserve open spaces, by starting a city volunteer nursery
and getting both public and private entities involved in maintaining
the forest resources throughout the community. Through her leadership
and those that she empowers, Warrenville citizens have an example
of celebrating not only Arbor Day but also celebrating life. She
shows her commitment and praises those who were instrumental in
these community improvement victories. This only serves to strengthen
others caring and commitment to the sustainability of Warrenville's
City USA "Golden Tree" Award
For exemplary service in helping their community maintain their
Tree City USA status.
Wil Ortiz, Tree Board Chairman, Stelle, IL - Wil Ortiz has been
the key person promoting Tree City USA in Illinois'; smallest Tree
City USA community. Not many communities can boast of getting one
forth of its residents to volunteer to plant trees, but Wil can.
El trabaje asiduo a mantener la programa de arboles ciudad de unido
estados and nosotros apreciur sus obra.
Dan McLaughlin, Mayor, Orland Park, IL - Dan proposed planting
"2000 Trees in 2000" to commemorate the new millennium and encourage
tree planting. The Village has been named a "Tree City USA"; for
fifteen years and spends approximately $150,000 annually on planting.
Trees included the Villages 50/50 tree program, in which residents
and the Village split the cost of trees planted in parkways. The
Village's 2000th tree was planted on December 19, 2000
at the Century Junior High School.
Ken Anderson, Village Arborist, Lindenhurst, IL - Ken has guided
the Village of Lindenhurst in the establishment of it's first forestry
program. He has been instrumental in four consecutive Tree City
Awards, one Growth Award, two IDNR grants and achieved certified
arborist accreditation. Yet his is only the beginning, other key
projects Ken has established includes: Development of a Tree Inventory,
Tree Management Plan, residential Tree Planting Guide, Tree Permit
Process, Tree Ordinance, and Village Standards and Practice Manual.
Further he has established a Hazard Tree Assessment Standard, Tree
Ordinance, a 7 Year Pruning Cycle and a staff training program.
For his leadership and service to instill and maintain the highest
standards in urban tree care, improving public awareness, enhancing
community and tree city recognition, and implementing a model forestry
Barbara Jostes, Mowequa, IL - Mrs. Jostes has been instrumental
in maintaining the Tree City USA Program in the community of Mowequa.
Her leadership has guided others in the development of a park focusing
on native trees. This project combined with the Living Memorial
Tree Park tree dedications such as "Come Walk With Me"
have added to the quality of life in her community.
Diane Adye, Middletown, IL - Ms. Adye has served as Middletown
City Arborist and through this service has helped to beautify the
community. Her artistic planting designs inspired the community
to plant a Dogwood tree in her honor as a symbol of her love of
nature and hard work to make Middletown a better place to live.
City USA Leadership Award (Rev. 1/02)
- For providing regional or statewide leadership that enhances urban
forest management in Illinois communities while promoting the Tree
City USA program throughout the state.
Bill Mitchell, Forester, City of Belleville - Bill has lead
the SW Regional Urban and Community Forestry Council for over half
a decade. Through his leadership the Council has conducted training
sessions, developed a Southern Illinois Tree Planting Guide, established
a specimen tree arboretum in partnership with Highland, IL. He has
provided statewide leadership through the Council on Forestry Development';s
Urban Needs Task Group.
Heather Green, City Forester, City of Park Ridge - Heather serves
as the Northeastern Illinois Municipal Foresters coordinator. In
her position she facilitates annually a series of luncheon meeting
and monthly training sessions. She shares e-mail information regionally.
City USA Partnership Award - For partnerships
that serve a model for implementing unique urban forestry projects.
Southwestern Resource and Conservation District, Southwestern Regional
Urban Forestry Council, Highland, Il High School CUSD No. 5 and
the City of Highland, IL - in partnership developed an Arboretum
to showcase the trees designated by the SWRUFC in their Tree Selection
and Planting Guide. This effort takes the collective knowledge of
local urban forest managers and transfers their knowledge to the
public so they can make better informed decisions about tree selection.
Timothy W. Tiedje, Inverness -This partnership award is to acknowledge
the numerous partnerships that can be created at a local level between
the community and local groups. Mr. Tiedje has been instrumental
in forging local partnerships including the Police Department, Fire
Dept., Commonwealth Edison, local garden clubs, Boy Scouts, Girl
Scouts, Brownies, and Cub Scouts. He has combined these local resources
with national and state programs such as American Forests Famous
and Historic trees program, ComEd, IDNR Urban Forestry Program and
IDOT Roadside Beautification. He is very passionate about trees
and his enthusiasm in contagious as he has been able to secure a
life long commitment from citizens to plant and care for the trees
in their community.
April 18th Dates to Remember for upcoming INSECT AND
have your local activity considered for publishing in the Prairie
Tree Newsletter send a copy of the newspaper article to: Illinois
Department of Natural Resources, Reinee Hildebrandt, 524 South Second
St., Springfield, IL 62701.
Planting Partnerships Eddie
Bauer Officially Announces Memorial Tree Groves
American Forests Memorial Trees Campaign continues to receive tremendous
support from corporations and nonprofit organizations. News conferences
were held in both New York City and Washington, DC, on January 31st
as part of the national unveiling of Eddie Bauer's Memorial Tree
Groves initiative. Specialty retailer Eddie Bauer is pledging to
raise $500,000 to support American Forests and its efforts to plant
thousands of trees in Washington, DC, and Virginia, New York and
Pennsylvania - one tree for every victim of September 11, 2001.
addition, the trees will honor the policemen, firefighters and other
heroes who risked their lives on 9-11. The groves offer people places
where they can reflect and connect with nature, and serve as symbols
of healing and hope for the future. Eddie Bauer invites customers
and store associates to support the campaign by contributing $1
or more at any one of Eddie Bauer's 500-plus stores, online at www.eddiebauer.com,
or through catalog purchases. Visit an Eddie Bauer store today and
help plant Memorial Tree Groves. Read The Washington Post article
view the press release.
Forests Memorial Trees Campaign plans to plant memorial groves in
communities across the United States. Find more information at http://www.americanforests.org/campaigns/memorial_trees/partners.php.
Patriot Trees with IGA
Some 1600 IGA grocery stores participated this spring in a special
Memorial Trees effort titled American Forests Patriot Trees for
America Campaign. From April 27 to May 10, IGA cashiers invited
customers to make donations toward the planting of American Forests
Historic Trees in their community in remembrance of those who lost
their lives on September 11th. Every person donating to the program
will receive a receipt certifying his or her support. Also, each
donation will be represented by a paper tree placed on a wall of
the IGA store to show the community's support of this important
program. American Forests Historic Tree Nursery grows direct-offspring
of trees that have connections to famous people and historic events.
and its customers will be presenting their community with a growing
environmental asset as well as a place to reflect on the history
of our great nation and some of the patriots who helped shape it.
Trees connected to American patriots like George Washington, Martin
Luther King, Jr., Clara Barton, and Dwight D. Eisenhower will be
included in the groves. Learn more about American Forests Memorial
Trees Campaign by visiting http://www.americanforests.org/campaigns/memorial_trees/.
America Plants Tribute Trees
Earth Share and American Forests are teaming up to plant Tribute
Trees nationwide. Earth Share, a coalition of more than 450 environmental
and conservation groups, has joined with founding member American
Forests to plant memorial groves of "Tribute Trees" across America.
Tribute Trees are being planted to honor our country's heroes and
victims, especially those of the September 11th attack.
following are ways you can plant Tribute Trees:
to Tribute Trees through Earth Share. School or communities across
the country will be chosen to receive 20 trees from American Forests;
a Historic Tree to plant near your home;
send a friend or loved-one his or her own Tribute Tree.
Forests Historic Tree Nursery grows trees with connections to historic
figures such as George Washington, Clara Barton, Abraham Lincoln,
Dwight D. Eisenhower and many others, as well as trees related to
historic events such as the Civil War and American Revolution. To
purchase Tribute Trees or to register to receive a memorial grove
for your school or community, visit American Forests Historic Tree
Nursery at http://www.historictrees.org.
AgroSciences Awards Program for Utility Vegetation Management
Dow AgroSciences has awards for electric utility companies called
Right-of-Way Vistas Lines of Distinction Awards. This honor recognizes
excellence in vegetation management practices and procedures. The
philosophies of these awards are to recognize the quality and vision
that will continue reinforcing the valuable role vegetation managers
play in their companies' overall service reliability, customer service
and public relations efforts. The Right-of-Way Vistas Lines of Distinction
Awards program is open to all utility right-of-way managers, as
well as applicators and distributors, who may nominate their customers.
of Distinction Awards are provided in the following categories:
Operational integrity - Promoting worker safety and service reliability;
Meeting objectives - Achieving company financial and business objectives;
Innovation - Innovative implementing of chemical and equipment technologies,
as well as labor practices and public relations efforts;
Stewardship - Attaining high standards for product stewardship,
regulatory/environmental guidelines, employee training, public education,
landowner communications and cooperative efforts with cities, municipalities,
wildlife groups, garden clubs, commissions, etc.;
Biodiversity - Improving plant and wildlife habitat, as well as
aesthetics, on company rights-of-way.
details regarding 2000-2001 winners, or for 2001-2002 entry information,
please contact Greg Baldwin at (262) 784-7200 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Tree Trust's "Planting America's Future Awards"
The National Tree Trust, has established an award to honor outstanding
achievements in volunteerism and community forestry. Applications
are now being accepted for the Planting America's Future Awards,
which will be presented to three individuals or organizations that
have demonstrated success in mobilizing local citizens, business,
government and others in projects to improve their community through
the use of volunteers and trees. There are three award categories:
Youth Environmental Stewardship Award - The Youth Environmental
Stewardship Award category honors an individual under the age of
21. The winning individual will be the driving force behind a tree-related
community project that involved use of volunteers and public land.
Success in Environmental Education Award - The Success in
Environmental Education Award honors a "hands-on" education program
that best helps students, K-12, improve their knowledge of trees
and their role in our environment.
3) The Trammell Crow Community Partnership Award - The Community
Partnership Award will honor an individual community's efforts to
improve itself through tree-planting and maintenance. The winning
project will best demonstrate the cooperation and partnership of
volunteers, consisting of local citizens, local businesses and local
government. Applications must be postmarked by May 31, 2002 and
can be obtained at www.nationaltreetrust
or by calling 1-800-846-TREE ext. 21.
prize of $1000 will be awarded to the winners to be used for operating
expenses of the featured program. Winners will also receive an honorary
Tree Companion Newsletter is published periodically by the Illinois
Department of Natural Resources, Division of Forest Resources, Urban
Forestry Program. Submit potential copy by the first of January,
April, July and October for publishing consideration in the next
issue of the publication. Address any inquiries to Reinee Hildebrandt,
Urban Conservation Program Administrator and Prairie Tree Companion
Newsletter Editor, at P.O. Box 19225, Springfield, IL 62794-9225,
or phone 217/782-2361.
GEORGE RYAN, GOVERNOR
BRENT MANNING, DIRECTOR
Illinois Department of Natural Resources receives federal financial
assistance and therefore must comply with federal anti-discrimination
laws. In compliance with the Illinois Human Rights Act, Illinois
Constitution, Title IV of the 1964 Civil Rights Act, Section 504
of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 as amended, and the U.S. Constitution,
the Illinois Department of Natural Resources does not discriminate
on the basis of sex, color, race, religion, national origin, age,
disability, or other non-merit factors including but not limited
to sexual orientation, marital or parental status and/or physical
stature. If you believe you have been discriminated against in any
program, activity or facility, please contact the Equal Employment
Opportunity Officer, Illinois Department of Natural Resources, 524
S. Second St., Springfield, Illinois, 62701-1787, (217) 785-0067.
-TTY number (217) 782-9175; Relay number (800) 526-0844
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