The City of Galesburg is once again marking Arbor Day, by making what some call an important addition to a local treasure.
The city planted a new tree in the city’s Lincoln Park near the Gazebo — a way the city’s Tree Commission chaired by Lyle Johnson is encouraging all city residents to plant trees. Johnson tells WGIL, however, trees seem to be less and less seen around town.
“We find out, it’s surprising, when the City takes down a tree, there are a lot of people who decline to replace it,” says Johnson. “I think they don’t want the maintenance.”
The city has been working to cut down ash trees in the city following the discovery of emerald ash borer beetle in them.
Johnson tells WGIL it’s important that the trees be replaced.
“They provide aesthetic value to the City, but they clean our air and purify the air and make it a nicer place to live,” says Johnson.
The city does have a number of oak trees in its nursery that are free for the taking and for planting on private property, if those interested are able to hire a tree moving company to get them, as they’re currently eight to 12 feet tall.
As for the tree planted today in Lincoln Park, it’s a birch tree that Johnson says will add to an already beautiful park.