Who is not happy that Spring is in the air? In the happy spirit of Spring, the tree board would like to share with you the good news that keeps us all working hard! Here are our random thoughts and favorite memories so far:
- We have recently heard that, for the 3rd year in a row, St. Regis Park has been named a Tree City USA. We are proud of the efforts of our mayor, city council, city arborist, tree board, and citizenry that have enabled us to achieve this designation.
- This year’s Tree Hero is Nancy Smith, of Lincoln Road. Ms. Smith came to us for help when the inevitable happened to her Bradford Pear, and a storm took it out! She was reimbursed for a portion of her bill by our maintenance program, and then took Cindi’s advice and took out the mutant pear tree that was also in her front yard. (Please contact us if you have a Bradford Pear. They are an invasive tree that we would like to rid our city of, with your help!) Nancy wanted them replaced with beautiful new trees from our program, and she ended up adding one to her back yard too. For her desire to advance her tree stand on to the next generation, we honor Nancy Smith as our Tree Hero 2018.
- Nancy’s award will be presented at our 4th annual Arbor Day event. We hope you will drop by the Ascension Cafeteria between 1 and 2 on Saturday, April 21st. We will have refreshments and raffle off an ornamental tree of your choice, and you’ll have a chance to ask Cindi any questions about your trees. Come meet your neighbors and celebrate our Tree City USA!
- Our ongoing good news is that we still have our new tree program and our maintenance initiative. Please fill out the appropriate form, included below, and email it to firstname.lastname@example.org, or mail it to 4512 Lincoln Road, 40220. If you are requesting an evaluation for tree maintenance, please be patient, as we need to wait until trees leaf out for Cindi to be able to evaluate the health of the tree.
- At the City Council meeting tonight, the Mayor mentioned a block or two that he thought looked a little bare, so it occurred to me to issue a challenge: If you look around, and you or your neighbors could use some new trees, please don’t hesitate to put your name on the list or to make sure they know about the amazing tree programs St. Regis Park has to offer. Thanks!
- Finally, a few thoughts on the wonderful experiences we have had during our four years of work. Cindi comments, every time we meet, on the wonderful people of our city who want to maintain their trees or plant more. That has been the experience for Joe, Jane, and Mary as well. Everywhere we go people compliment the new trees or thank us for maintenance reimbursement. Those good experiences were synthesized for us this year when a resident told us he was interested in a new tree. As he so beautifully explained it, “I have a beautiful old maple tree now, and it shades my deck just perfectly. My hope is to plant something far enough away not to damage the old tree, but just the right place to keep that shade going, if I ever lose that tree.” We love that attitude, and it epitomizes how you are helping us, every day, to Re-Tree the Park!
Happy Easter and Happy Spring!
Joe, Jane, Mary, and Cindi
Tree Planting Request
As a resident of St. Regis Park, I agree to give the City of St. Regis Park (and its agents) my permission to enter my premises for the purpose of planting trees and release them from liability for same and further agree that any and all future maintenance of any planted tree or trees is my responsibility. I agree to maintain my new tree(s) to the best of my ability using the guidelines provided by the city arborist. [Summary: I will ensure that my tree(s) receive a regular thorough soaking of the soil in the root zone, and that the soil is kept consistently moist (but not wet) until the tree is well established. I will ensure that my tree(s) maintain a healthy 2-3 inch layer of mulch, with a two-three inch non-mulched space around the trunk.]
(Sign below and submit by scan or digital photo to email@example.com or mail to St. Regis Tree Board PO Box 20429 Louisville KY 40250-0429)
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Tree Maintenance Request
As a resident of St. Regis Park, I agree to give the City of St. Regis Park (and its agents) permission to enter my premises for the purpose of evaluating the condition of my tree(s) and release them from liability for same.
I understand that the city’s arborist will determine what work should be done to properly maintain my tree(s) so that I can become eligible for the city’s tree maintenance reimbursement program. Sign below and submit by scan or digital photo to firstname.lastname@example.org or mail to St. Regis Tree Board PO Box 20429 Louisville KY 40250-0429. Briefly describe what you think needs to be done—limb up oak in front yard, evaluate maple in back yard, etc.
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