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More than 175 Illinois communities receive Tree City USA honors     Send a link to a friend

Lincoln and Middletown qualify

[MARCH 22, 2004]  SPRINGFIELD -- "Tree City USA" designation is being given to two Logan County communities, Lincoln and Middletown. More than 175 Illinois communities qualified this year for their promotion of urban forestry, the Department of Natural Resources announced last week.

"Based on participation in this program, it is clear that city leaders in this state recognize the importance of trees to their communities and to the residents they represent," said IDNR Director Joel Brunsvold.

The Tree City USA program promotes tree planting and care in urban areas and calls attention to the economic, health and aesthetic benefits trees offer.

To be eligible to participate, a community must designate someone to be responsible for its urban forest program, have a community tree ordinance, spend $2 per resident for its tree program, enact an Arbor Day proclamation and conduct a public tree planting ceremony.

Three communities are participating for the first time this year: Broadview, Riverwoods and Stockton.

This year, more than 45 Tree City USA communities also will receive a Growth Award to recognize additional urban forestry efforts, with Wilmette receiving a sterling certificate recognizing its decade-long participation as a growth community. To qualify for a Growth Award, a community must have been designated a Tree City USA participant previously, conduct a variety of urban forestry activities and spend at least the same amount of money on its program as in the previous year.

Utilities receiving a Tree Line USA award are Alliant Energy, Commonwealth Edison, Illinois Power and Rantoul Public Works--City Light and Power. The program encourages utility companies to implement tree care education programs and to sponsor local public education and tree-planting events.

Tree City USA is sponsored annually by the National Arbor Day Foundation, in cooperation with the Department of Natural Resources, the National Association of State Foresters and the USDA Forest Service. The Illinois Department of Natural Resources provides communities with technical and financial assistance for urban forestry efforts. District foresters provide training seminars, recommend types of trees to plant, and assess urban forestry needs and opportunities.

This year's awards are being presented March 18 at the Morton Arboretum in Lisle and on March 25 at the Northfield Center in Springfield. Southwestern Resource and Conservation Development Inc. helps sponsor the Springfield event.

 

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Below is a list of Tree City USA communities. An asterisk indicates that a community also is receiving a Growth Award this year.

Addison*, Algonquin, Altamont, Alton, Antioch, Arlington Heights, Bannockburn, Barrington, Barry, Batavia*, Beecher, Belleville, Bensenville, Berkeley, Berwyn, Bloomingdale, Bloomington, Bolingbrook*, Broadview, Brookfield*, Buffalo*, Buffalo Grove*, Burr Ridge, Carbondale, Carlinville, Carrollton, Cedarville, Centralia, Champaign*, Channahon*, Chicago*, Chillicothe, Clarendon Hills, Clinton, Collinsville*, Country Club Hills*, Dakota, Davis, Decatur*, DeKalb, DesPlaines, Downers Grove, East Peoria, Edwardsville*, Elburn, Elgin, Elk Grove Village, Elmhurst, Evanston, Forrest, Forreston, Forsyth, Frankfort, Galesburg*, Geneva, Genoa*, Glen Ellyn, Glencoe, Glendale Heights*, Glenview, Grayslake, Greenville, Gridley, Gurnee*, Hanover Park, Harwood Heights*, Hazel Crest*, Henry, Hickory Hills, Highland, Highland Park, Hinsdale, Hoffman Estates, Homewood*, Indian Head Park, Inverness, Irving, Itasca, Joliet, Kankakee, LaGrange, LaGrange Park, Lake Barrington*, Lake Bluff*, Lake Forest*, Lake Zurich, Lakewood, Lanark, Libertyvile, Lincoln, Lincolnshire*, Lincolnwood, Lindenhurst*, Lisle, Lombard*, Long Grove, Lyons, Machesney Park, Mackinaw*, Macomb, Marquette Heights, Marshall, Martinsville, Matteson, McHenry, Middletown, Moline*, Momence, Morton Grove, Mount Carroll, Mount Prospect, Mount Vernon*, Mowequa, Naperville*, New Lenox, Normal*, North Barrington, Northbrook*, Northfield, O'Fallon*, Oak Lawn*, Oak Park*, Orland Hills, Orland Park, Oswego*, Ottawa, Palatine, Palos Heights, Palos Hills*, Palos Park*, Park Ridge*, Paxton, Pekin, Peoria, Petersburg*, Plainfield*, Princeton, Prospect Heights*, Quincy, Rantoul, Riverdale, River Forest, River Grove, Riverwoods, Rock Island*, Rockford, Rolling Meadows, Roselle, Salem, Savoy, Schaumburg, Scott Air Force Base, Skokie*, South Holland, Springfield, St. Charles*, St. Elmo, Stelle, Stockton, Streamwood*, Sugar Grove, Taylorville, Tower Lakes, Urbana*, Vernon Hills, Villa Park, Warrenville, Wayne, Western Springs, Westmont*, Wheaton, Wheeling*, Wilmette*, Wilmington, Winnetka, Woodridge, Zion.

The deadline to apply for recognition is Dec. 31 each year. For more information about the program, contact the Illinois Department of Natural Resources, Division of Resource Protection and Stewardship, (217) 785-8774.

[Illinois Department of Natural Resources news release]

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