As we ease into the fall, the St. Regis Park Tree Board is thrilled with the progress we have made, and while we know we have a long way to go, we want to update our neighbors about what we are doing, and what the future might hold.
Over the next few months, you will likely see our new arborist, Cindi Sullivan, walking the city, performing a survey/inventory of our city’s trees. There are many reasons to begin with a survey. First, Cindi needs to know exactly what trees we have. Any city with a good tree cover will contain a variety of species and trees of various sizes and ages. If, for example, our city contained only ash trees, we would be in big trouble with the infestation of the Emerald Ash borer. A comprehensive survey will enable her to give individuals and the city solid tree advice. And by the way, Cindi asked us to let you know how gratified she has been with the enthusiastic and welcoming greetings she has received from our residents. She is thrilled to see how many people care for their trees and plantings!
Secondly, the tree board needs to understand what residents’ needs are for help in maintaining old and planting new trees. The mayor and city council are very supportive of future incentives to
treat and maintain existing trees as well as efforts to plant more trees.
Both are necessary if we want a healthy and varied tree population.Finally, if we care for our existing trees, plant more on a regular basis, and show that our city values the benefits that trees provide to our city—shade, beauty, increase in property values, oxygen, pollution reduction, reduced energy costs—it will only be natural for us to apply to be an Arbor Day Foundation Tree City, and a survey will be helpful for putting together our application for that designation.
So, the tree board thanks you for all of the support you have given us, the city leadership, and Cindi.
We “treely” believe that we are moving in the right direction!
Jane Ecker, Joe Hinkle, and Mary Mattingly
St. Regis Park Tree Board