Restoring Blue Island's Tree Canopy

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Raised by 77 people in 5 months
Blue Island is a City of Trees.

Let's keep this natural resource strong for the future. Trees not only add tremendous beauty, but they are also an important economic asset to Blue Island. Trees help reduce flooding by trapping stormwater, they keep buildings cool and save energy, they reduce the damaging effects of sun on our streets, and they purify our most important asset -- the air we breathe.

You, your children and their children all will benefit from the Blue Island Trees Campaign.

By means of private donations, this campaign will be moving forward with a plan to plant 70 trees throughout the residential parkways in the Spring/Early Fall of 2018.

The intent is to plant a minimum of 10 trees per ward as every area has been hit by emerald ash borer infestation as well as the aging tree canopy.

Raising at least $6,000 by February 28 is the goal.

Please make your donation right now. Any amount will help, but you can really help get this started with $50 or $100 or more.

Blue Island residents now—and for decades to come— will be grateful for the help you give.

Who is Managing The Campaign?

This campaign is a collaboration of 4th Ward Aldermen Bill Fahrenwald and Tom Hawley along with Val Kehoe, community volunteer, certified arborist and a Horticulture Coordinator for the University of Illinois Extension - Urbana/Champaign.


Why is Blue Island's Tree Canopy Disappearing?

Of the five varieties planted to replace trees lost to the Dutch Elm disease in the 1960s and '70s, many were white and green ash trees. These trees have either died, been removed or taken down as a preventative measure. The City of Blue Island has been unable to replace these trees for several years now. 

How Will Tree Locations Be Selected?

The biggest component of the campaign is community involvement. It starts with your donation, which will permit us to consider requests for trees to be planted in parkways at specific addresses.

City officials and volunteer coordinator will visit each site to determine feasability and species selection, which will be based on the appropriate type of tree for street parkways, utility location, etc.

Trees will be acquired from a local certified nursery.

In order to diversify Blue Island's tree canopy we are looking at a wide variety of species, including Ironwood, Hackberry, American Linden, Red and Swamp Oak, as well as Kentucky Coffee Tree.

The homeownser's wishes will be taken into consideration.

Finally, Who Plants Them?

On planting days, volunteers will be needed, including representatives from each address where trees are to be planted. Those residents will be required to monitor their individual tree's health, and to be sure each tree receives at least 15 gallons of water each week, April through October, for three years.

When people think of trees, they think of shade, birds, wildlife and kids playing. Trees offer a place for people to relax and to connect with the outdoors.

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Upcoming Dates for Blue Island Tree Initiative.

April 11th- Overview of this project. Anyone who has requested a tree, please try to attend.
When: this Wednesday, 6:30pm
Where: BI Library
Morton Arboretum, Possibility Place and Bill/ Val will be available to answer any questions.

April 21st, Saturday- Training Day with Morton Arboretum. 10 trees will be planted in first, second and third Wards. Volunteers are needed on this day. Please contact Tom Hawley or myself if you are available.

May 5th, Saturday-Openlands planting day in the 4th and 5th Wards. 30 volunteers are needed. Meeting place is Hart Park 9am-1pm.
Sign up here- http://cerv.is/m?0254guEhbXy

All are welcome to get involved, this initiative has taken on a life of its own. :) I am excited to meet and work with everyone very soon!
My best,
Val
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Upcoming Dates for Blue Island Tree Initiative.

April 11th- Overview of this project. Anyone who has requested a tree, please try to attend.
When: this Wednesday, 6:30pm
Where: BI Library
Morton Arboretum, Possibility Place and Bill/ Val will be available to answer any questions.

April 21st, Saturday- Training Day with Morton Arboretum. 10 trees will be planting in first, second and third Wards. Volunteers are needed on this day. Please contact Tom Hawley or myself if you are available.

May 5th, Saturday-Openlands planting day in the 4th and 5th Wards. 30 volunteers are needed. Meeting place is Hart Park 9am-1pm.
Sign up here- http://cerv.is/m?0254guEhbXy

All are welcome to get involved, this initiative has taken on a life of its own. :) I am excited to meet and work with everyone very soon!
My best,
Val
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Yes, it is really happening!

The citizen-driven, neighborhood campaign to plant 70 trees in Blue Island's public parkways in 2018 has successfully secured funding and donations as well as gained the support from two leading nature conservation organizations.

In preparation for the local planting, Morton Arboretum which encourages the planting and conservation of trees—will host two presentations in Blue Island.
* A project overview, The Benefits of Trees, will be presented on Wednesday, April 11, 6:30 p.m. at the Blue Island Library
2433 York St.
-All are invited yet anyone who has requested a tree is highly encourage to attend this meeting.
*Saturday April 21st -Best Practices Workshop, where 5-7 trees will be planted in the 2nd Ward.
* Saturday, May 5 in partnership with Openlands one of the oldest metropolitan conservation organizations in the nation. About 30 Trees will be planted in the 4th and 5th Wards.
-Community volunteers are needed for the 4/21 date as well as the 5/5 day. Sign up will be on the 4/11 presentation and a link will be live shortly.

Please contact me with any questions.

My humble thanks to everyone who has supported initiative, it would not have happened without your support!

Let's start growing!
Val
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