Mount Carroll rejoins tree group

MOUNT CARROLL – The New England of the Midwest has branched out again.

Mount Carroll is once again a Tree City USA member, returning to the list after 7 years of not applying.

City Clerk Julie Cuckler said the designation will help the city get grant opportunities.

Alderman Mike Risko led the drive to reapply, primarily based on the Frances Wood Shimer Arboretum on the grounds of the Campbell Center. The arboretum opened in November 2012.

“Now that we have an arboretum at the old Campbell Center, we’re trying to grow our tree population. This is just another step in saying we support planting trees,” Risko said.

The city plants about 10 trees each year around sites where city staff removed old trees

“It’s a way to raise attention that we care about trees,” Risko said.

According to the Tree City website, more than 3,400 communities nationwide have met the four core criteria – maintaining a tree board or department; having a community tree ordinance; spending at least $2 per capita on urban forestry; and celebrating Arbor Day.

The council will next meet at 7:30 p.m. March 13 at City Hall, 302 N. Main St.

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