Community Development / Environment / Noted

Maywood to Plant 100 Oak Trees Across Town | Residents Welcome to Free Trees

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Tuesday, August 9, 2016 || By Michael Romain || @maywoodnews||@village_free  

The Maywood Board of Trustees recently unanimously voted to accept 100 Oak saplings from the Metropolitan Water Reclamation District of Greater Chicago (MWRD). The trees, which are free, are going to be planted in parks and other places across town, said Maywood Village Manager Willie Norfleet, Jr.

As part of a program started this year, the MWRD routinely gives away free trees to individuals, community groups and municipalities. Residents can pick up the free tree saplings, which are available in individual pots or in 100-count bags containing bare root saplings, during Tree Pickup Days.

“The initiative can be especially useful to area schools, as the program offers teachers and students the opportunity to restore our region’s depleted tree canopy through an educational experience that extends beyond the classroom,” according to the MWRD’s website. “The saplings can be planted on school grounds or at students’ homes as a way to educate students on how they can protect their environment and meet the MWRD’s goals in stormwater management.”

According to the MWRD, “A medium-sized oak tree can help prevent flooding by absorbing 2,800 gallons of rainfall per year. Trees are also vital to our environment for many other reasons:”

  • Reduce flooding
  • Reduce air pollution
  • Improve health and well-being
  • Keep neighborhoods cooler
  • Create a sense of community
  • Lower energy bills
  • Increase property value
  • Provide protection from wind
  • Buffer noise
  • Provide shade
  • Increase habitat for wildlife
  • Absorb carbon dioxide
  • Give oxygen

“A reported 13 million trees in our region were lost due to the emerald ash borer devastation,” the agency claims. “The MWRD distributes free trees every Wednesday from 9 a.m. to noon beginning May 4, 2016, at the following water reclamation plants:”Chicago’s tree population has been decimated over the last several years by emerald ash borer infestations and extreme weather, the MWRD notes.

  • Calumet (400 E. 130th St., Chicago)
  • Egan (550 S. Meacham Rd., Schaumburg)
  • Hanover Park (1220 Sycamore Ave., Hanover Park)
  • Kirie (701 West Oakton St., Des Plaines)
  • O’Brien (3500 Howard St., Skokie)
  • Stickney (6001 W. Pershing Rd., Cicero)

For more information about MWRD’s free tree program click here. VFP

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