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MORTON ARBORETUM COMMUNITY OUTREACH VISITS HELP PROTECT NORTHERN ILLINOIS TREES

LISLE, Ill. (February 3, 2014) – To help communities effectively plan, manage and care for trees, the Morton Arboretum’s Community Trees Program is holding a series of outreach visits in cities across northern Illinois. Over the next few months, representatives from the Community Trees Program will offer workshops and resources to more than 50 cities to help provide guidance to ensure proper planning and maintenance for area trees. As part of the outreach visits, the Arboretum will offer “Tree Tools,” a series of resource booklets covering everything from developing a tree management plan or ordinance to working with volunteers.
 
“Trees are a very important part of a community’s green infrastructure. They need our help to thrive, yet many communities don’t have an ISA-Certified Arborist on staff,” said Beth Corrigan, Community Trees Program Coordinator at The Morton Arboretum. “The Community Outreach visits offer communities the opportunity to meet with Arboretum experts who can help them make more informed decisions to ensure long, healthy lives for the trees in their cities.”
 
Trees are an asset to the entire community and serve many valuable roles including producing oxygen, absorbing rainwater to help reduce the threat of floods and offering shelter for local wildlife. They also add beauty, shade and character to neighborhoods. People are needed to protect and maintain trees in urban areas to help with watering, mulching, replanting and pest and hazard detection. The past five years have brought drought as well as major flooding to Illinois, making tree care and replanting crucial.
 
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. 
 
Contact the Community Trees Program to discuss locations of upcoming outreach and to inquire about opportunities in your community. For more information, 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.