Trees breathe in when we breathe out and breathe out so that we can breathe in. They literally are the lungs of the planet. We seem to take them for granted as an essential part of our fragile eco system here on earth, and yet we are only replanting ten percent of the forest that are removed. Sustainable Springfield has a three point plan: 1) Establish a city tree replacement program to preserve and expand our local tree canopy. 2) Establish an annual assessment of Springfield’s percentage of tree cover to maintain a minimum 30 percent tree cover. 3) Utilize volunteers and donations to plant trees each fall to support and encourage responsible environmental practices in city government, business and private ownership.
Brochure for Tree Canopy Program
Sustainable Springfield will enact a public/private partnership with property owners, beginning plantings on key entryways into Springfield that could benefit from low maintenance tree cover. SSI is requesting $30 to contribute to the cost of planting one tree. To Donate go to: http://sustainablespringfield.org/invest/
After meeting with Adena Rivas, Public Works Program Coordinator and Jeff Reim, City Arborist these are the points established:
Standford will be the street that the city will partner with SSI to begin the joint venture in tree planting throughout the city.
-Target planting time: late fall
-City will provide mulch and water the trees
-SSI will donate trees, labor to plant them, and water container per tree
-SSI and city will create a partnership on this project.
-The city will be handing over Clear Lake to the state, but SSI will be able to
take on one area at the bottom of the east side of the overpass to place planters, greens cape.
Tree selection: native dogwoods, redbuds, chokeberry shrubs and magnolia-no higher than 20′ with taller tree areas yet to be selected.
Take away: good first step to see how well this all will work, gives us a clear position from which to request funding.
SSI Tree Project honors St. Paul’s AME Church in Springfield
In July, the SSI Urban Tree Canopy Program honored St. Paul AME Church, 1130 S. 16th Street, Springfield, for planting a number of fruit trees in a vacant lot near the church. Congratulations to Reverend Gilda McCants and the church for being a leader in the effort to expand Springfield’s tree canopy, while providing congregants with delicious fruit once the trees mature. The church is looking for a volunteer to till the lot for a garden next year.