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COMMUNITY TREES PROGRAM TO HOST LOCAL TREE PROTECTION AND BUDGET WORKSHOPS

LISLE, Ill. (January 22, 2014) – The Morton Arboretum’s Community Trees Program will be conducting five workshops across northern Illinois over the next few weeks aimed at helping municipal professionals responsible for tree care and management in their communities. The goal of the workshops is to both explore the impact of emerald ash borer and other invaders on area trees and also to examine ordinances and management plans critical to helping communities protect and maintain their trees.

Community Trees Program Manager, Lydia Scott, Community Trees Program Coordinator, Beth Corrigan, and Forest Pest Outreach Coordinator, Andrea Dierich, will be leading workshops in five cities throughout Illinois including South Holland, Sterling, Mendota, Apple River and Rochelle. Participants will learn how to mitigate financial strain from dealing with diseases and other threats and will receive tools and support for how to update and use tree management plans.

The workshop fee is $20.00 per person; lunch and materials are included. Scholarships and CEU’s may be available. E-mail Beth Corrigan at bcorrigan@mortonarb.org for details or to register.

Specific workshop times and locations are listed below.

 

South Holland

Thursday, January 23, 9 a.m.- 3 p.m.

South Suburban College Kindig Performing Arts Center

15800 State Street

South Holland, IL 60473

 

Sterling

Tuesday, January 28, 9 a.m.-3 p.m.

Sterling City Hall

212 Third Avenue

Sterling, IL 61081

 

Mendota

Thursday, January 30, 9 a.m.-3 p.m.

Mendota Civic Center

1901 Tom Merwin Drive

Mendota, IL 61342

 

Apple River

Tuesday, February 11, 9 a.m.-3 p.m.

Apple River Stagecoach

Event Center

446 East Hickory Street

Apple River, IL 61001

 

Rochelle

Thursday, February 13, 9 a.m.-3p.m.

Hickory Grove Banquet Center

1127 North 7th Street

Rochelle, IL 61068

 

The Community Trees Program at The Morton Arboretum was established in 2002 with support from the Grace Bersted Foundation. The program’s goal is to help people help trees live long, productive lives, based on the philosophy that all trees, on both public and private land, together form an urban and community forest that is crucial to a community’s infrastructure.

For more information on the Community Trees Program, e-mail communitytrees@mortonarb.org.

About The Morton Arboretum

The Morton Arboretum is an internationally recognized outdoor tree museum on 1,700 acres. Plant collections, scientific research and education programs support the mission to plant and conserve trees and other plants for a greener, healthier and more beautiful world. Designed with natural landscapes, the grounds include the award-winning, four-acre interactive Children’s Garden, the one-acre Maze Garden, plus specialty gardens, 16 miles of trails and nine miles of roads. Visitor experiences include the open-air tram ride, guided walks, Arbor Day celebrations, concerts, art shows, Fall Color Festival and special exhibits. The Arboretum welcomes more than 800,000 visitors annually and serves more than 35,600 members. Located 25 miles west of Chicago in Lisle, Illinois, the Arboretum is open daily 7 a.m. until sunset. Learn more at mortonarb.org.

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