Geneva’s downtown tree inventory will be getting a boost thanks to a $10,000 donation from the City’s Natural Resources Committee (NRC).
The money will be dedicated toward the purchase of about 30 trees, which will be planted in the next month primarily along Third Street by George Kay and Associates. Committee members and Geneva’s Public Works Street Division employees walked the downtown Sept. 20 to mark off potential planting locations.
NRC Chairman Jay Womack and other committee members presented the $10,000 check to the City Council Sept. 16.
“On behalf of the community, I would like to give my thanks and appreciation to the Natural Resources Committee for their generosity, commitment and stewardship to Geneva’s natural environment,” Mayor Kevin Burns said.
The NRC’s mission is to promote awareness and conservation principles in Geneva. During the past several years, the group has raised money through two successful community fundraisers – Rain Barrels on Parade and the Wine, Cheese and Trees. Money from those events supported the NRC’s “Greening Geneva” initiative – a reforestation program for City parkways.
“Since our inception, the Natural Resources Committee has been fortunate to be supported by many people that have contributed invaluable time and resources,” Committee Chairman Jay Womack said. “That time and dedication is now allowing us to give back to the City by planting trees for future generations. Our hope is that others will see the new trees and embrace the opportunity to help us repopulate our parkways and landscapes with additional trees.”
Geneva, like many communities in the Chicago area has lost a number of ash trees due to the Emerald Ash Borer infestation. The City has removed about 2,400 of the 2,700 parkway ash trees in the community during the past several years.
The NRC has pledged to help rebuild the downtown canopy by purchasing a variety of trees that will increase Geneva’s tree diversity, which experts believe is the best way to avoid problems like the Dutch Elm Disease or the ash borer.