Tree committee wants to plant more in city

NORWICH – Norwich has many beautiful tree lined streets, with maples, oaks, elms, crabapples and ashes towering over our streets and sidewalks. In an effort to add to our current urban forest, the City of Norwich Street Tree Committee has secured a grant, from the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation’s Community Urban Forestry Grant Program, to plant 30-40 more trees City tree lawns over the next year.

Why might you want to plant a tree at your home?

Many studies have shown that trees in cities and villages and around homes have many benefits including:

• Providing shade and reducing energy bills

• Decreasing local air temperatures

• Filtering out pollutants in air and water

• Increasing the value of homes and businesses

• Aesthetics, turning streets into pretty and pleasant places to be

• Reducing blood pressure and improving overall psychological health

• Reducing crime

• Increasing academics in youth

• Creating urban wildlife habitat

• Providing a connection to nature

What trees will the Street Tree Committee be planting?

When planting in community areas we always strive for a diversity of trees, some large and some small. This allows for the community forest to be more resilient to insect and disease problems. Many of you may remember that the streets of Norwich were once lined with American Elms that have long since perished due to the imported fungus Dutch elm disease and the insect that carries it, the European elm bark beetle. Unfortunately elms continue to be lost all over the country, but we learned a lesson to plant many different types of trees on our streets.

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