From the Village of Glen Ellyn
Glen Ellyn was recently awarded $15,000 in reforestation matching grants from the Illinois Department of Natural Resources. This grant will allow for the planting of over 100 parkway trees. One hundred and twenty trees are scheduled to be planted this spring and an additional 102 trees were planted in the fall of 2012. Public Works employees will plant all of these trees.
In addition, parkway trees will be planted in front of the Glen Ellyn Public Library along Duane Street. A donation from Meatheads Restaurant will fund the planting of two parkway trees on Buena Vista Drive. A separate $500 anonymous donation will be used to plant additional trees in the Village Arboretum at Panfish Park.
“Emerald Ash Borer and recent storms have taken their toll on our urban forest,” said Julius Hansen, public works director. “Glen Ellyn takes pride in responsibly replacing its parkway trees in a planned manner with varieties appropriate for the site. This will benefit the community for decades to come.”
The Village’s Environmental Commission is helping with species selection and placement for a reforestation project along the Prairie Path from Prospect Avenue to Main Street and areas near Montclair Avenue. The Village and DuPage County will be working together to make these improvements to the Prairie Path for all to enjoy. A local Boy Scout is volunteering to help with this undertaking as his Eagle Scout project.
Residents can assist the reforestation effort by sharing in the cost of a parkway tree for $85. For more information about the parkway tree share-cost program please contact Kathryn Horn, Public Works professional, at 630- 469-6756 or visit www.glenellyn.org and click on “Forestry” under “Public Works.”