of Lincoln holds Tree City USA dedication and Arbor Day observance
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[April 16, 2016]
- On Friday morning, Walt Landers and Russell Wright of the Lincoln
Street Department and City Forestry Program were joined by several
city officials in a tree dedication ceremony in honor of Arbor Day,
and as required according to the city’s designation as a Tree City.
Among those on hand for the dedication were Mayor Marty Neitzel,
Aldermen Michelle Bauer, Rick Hoefle, Todd Mourning, Tracy Welch,
City Clerk Susan Gehlbach, Treasurer Chuck Conzo and City
Administrator Clay Johnson.
The group gathered at the southeast corner of the city-owned,
Postville Park in Lincoln, where two trees have recently been
planted. Landers explained there were trees at that corner of the
park that had to be removed recently, and the two new trees will
serve as their replacements.
He noted that this year, there have been several trees planted in
the city with plans to do more. In addition to the two at Postville,
he said that five trees had been planted on Route 10 at the edge of
the city. Some may recall that there has for several years been a
brick structure that was a “Welcome to Lincoln” sign at the city’s
edge. This past fall/winter strong winds toppled the structure.
Landers crew cleaned up the mess, and new trees were planted there.
He also noted that other trees had been planted around town.
As part of the dedication ceremony, Landers read a brief statement
concerning the city’s Tree City Status.
“We are here
today to dedicate these trees and demonstrate the city of Lincoln’s
commitment to the Tree City USA program and observe Arbor Day, which
is Friday, April 29, 2016.
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“The Lincoln Street Department
oversees forestry operation in the city of Lincoln and participates in the Tree
City USA program because it provides direction, assistance, and recognition for
“It also helps us manage a healthy, sustainable forestry program so we can
provide a beautiful landscape for the resident we serve.”
The city representatives then gathered near one of the trees for a group photo
with the Tree City Flag. The photo taken will be used as part of the required
submission to the National Arbor Day Foundation to show the city’s investment in
the Tree City USA program. The Tree City designation does provide financial
awards to the city, to be used for the placement of new trees throughout the