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City to plant nearly 700 trees

April 4, 2011

PLANTERS ... The first of 88 trees in eight species that will be planted this year around Decatur is seen at a site along the high bank above the St. Marys River near downtown. The trees — including this swamp white oak — were bought with $4,000 from the city's stormwater department. From left are, Joan Eichhorn, head of the stormwater department; Craig Krull and Sue Milholland of the parks and recreation department; and Dwight Pierce, city forester. (Photo by Eric Mann)

    Nearly 700 trees will be planted in Decatur this year and in 2012 by the Decatur-Adams County Parks and Recreation Department, thanks to a $30,000 grant.
    Some 350 trees will be planted in wooded areas of city property to make up for ash trees being lost to the Emerald Ash Borer insect. These trees will be about four feet high.
    Another 250 will be planted in city parks and along streets to make up for dying ash trees. These will be about 12 feet tall.
    And another 88 trees will be planted around town to help divert thousands of gallons of storm water per year from the city's storm water system by "shedding the rain onto lawns and then percolating [that water] back into the soil. Rain water that remains on leaves is evaporated back into the atmosphere," says Dwight Pierce, the city forester.
    A total of 600 trees are being obtained through a $30,000 grant from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) through Indiana's Division of Forestry.
    The other 88 trees were bought with $4,000 from the funds of Decatur's Storm Water Department and include sugar maples, swamp white oaks, sweet gums, honey locusts, dawn redwoods, ginkos, crabapples, and katsuras.

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