"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.
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.
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.
Department of Natural Resources news release]