“I know it may seem small and insignificant, but it’s not about what it is, it’s about what it can become.” — The Lorax
On Tuesday, October 13, Mayer Brownie Girl Scout Troop #20195 and a handful of other Mayer community members, joined with the Trebes Park Advisory Council, Sheffield Neighborhood Association, and Openlands to plant three new trees inside the fence on the southern border of Trebes Park. The three trees are swamp white oaks (Quercus Bicolor), native to Illinois. Michael Dugan, a forestry coordinator with Openlands, explained to us that the ash trees currently on the parkway on Webster Avenue will need to be removed in the next few years because they are infected with the emerald ash borer, an exotic beetle from Asia that feeds on ash trees. While the three new trees appear small and frail now, it is the hope that with the care and respect of our community, they will grow to replace the ash trees that will eventually need to come down. Troop #20195 and friends participated in all aspects of the tree planting, from digging the hole to laying down mulch and giving the trees their first drink of water in their new home.
Thank you to Openlands for donating the trees, Laury Lewis of Sheffield Neighborhood Association for donating his time and mulch, Anastasia Hinchshliff for her support and coordination, and our hard working Mayer kids for their time and energy in planting.
Please help our new trees thrive by keeping dogs and children from playing on them. Thank you!