The Tree City USA program was established in 1976 by the National Arbor Day Foundation in cooperation with the National Association of State Foresters and the United States Forest Service Urban & Community Forestry Program. The program promotes and celebrates sustainable management and care of trees where we live. It encourages community pride, education & individual action that improves forest resources & quality of life in our community. More than 3,400 communities across the United States are recognized each year and over 135 million people live in or near a Tree City community.
The City of Carbondale’s Forestry Management Division is proud to announce our 35th consecutive year as a Tree City USA. Tree City USA and Tree City Growth Awards are a highly respected and sought after recognition in Illinois. Illinois currently is ranked 3rd in the United States for the most communities with 174. The City of Carbondale is one of only four in Illinois that have held the national honor for 35 consecutive years or more.
The City of Carbondale is celebrating for the second year in a row a Tree City USA Growth Award; this award recognizes Tree City USA communities for environmental improvements and achieving a higher level of tree care for the community.
In Illinois, as in most other states, the last Friday in April is designated as Arbor Day. This year Arbor Day is April 29th. This annual tree planting day originated in Nebraska where it was first observed on April 10, 1872, with more than 1 million trees planted.
The City of Carbondale’s Forestry Management Division, in cooperation with the Carbondale Park District and Elementary School District #95, will celebrate Arbor Day with the 3rd graders at Thomas School. This will be the 13th year of our Arbor Day tradition at Thomas School, where every 3rd grader pots their own seedling and are given instructions on how to care for their young trees. Every year we give away close to 300 white pine seedlings, except for our 10th anniversary when the children received white oaks. This important celebration would not be possible without the generosity of: Mr. George Sheffer and Murdale True Value; New Page Corporation in Wickliffe Kentucky for donating the trees; Betsy Nance with Anna Nursery for donating the pots; and Mrs. Ann Hamman 3rd grade teacher at Thomas School for coordinating the event.
The City of Carbondale’s Forestry Management Division will end our celebration of Arbor Day with the commemorative planting of two trees at our historic Woodlawn Cemetery by Mayor Mike Henry and City Council Members. Be on the lookout for more information on this event coming soon. Residents can also take an active part in Arbor Day by planting your own tree, or just taking the time to appreciate the trees in our community or on the campus of Southern Illinois University.
On one final note, the City of Carbondale’s Forestry Management Division is proud to announce that Southern Illinois University received its first national award as a Tree Campus USA. There are 254 campuses nationwide that are designated with this honor and SIU is one of 22 campuses in Illinois to receive the distinguished award. SIU will celebrate their Arbor Day observance, with the planting of trees in the morning and afternoon at lot #7 in front of Pulliam Hall on Friday April 22nd.
The City has a large supply of wood chips available free of charge to the residents of Carbondale. These chips are by-products of the Forestry Management Division tree trimming and removal program. Chips are located at the Maintenance Environmental Services yard at 212 W Willow Street. To schedule a time to pick up chips, please call (618) 457-3275. The City does not deliver chips. For further information or questions contact Mark McDaniel, City Arborist at (618) 549- 5302 ext. 332
Prohibited ROW Tree List for the City of Carbondale