On Friday, April 30, the Village of Glen Ellyn’s Public Works Department hosted a special Arbor Day Celebration, always honored on the last Friday in April. The event was held at the Glen Ellyn Public Works Department, 30 S. Lambert Road, near the southwest corner of Lambert Road and Taft Avenue.
As Arbor Day celebrates the importance of trees in our lives, it was only fitting that the Village plant trees for this annual event. This year, five ‘Shawnee Brave’ trees were planted to honor the five divisions of Public Works: Administration, Engineering, Street/Forestry, Sewer/Water and Equipment Services.
“We want to recognize our team at Public Works who have demonstrated their resiliency, flexibility and passion to serve those in our community through a challenging year,” said Dave Buckley, Glen Ellyn Interim Public Works Director. “Their efforts in continuing to provide essential operations during the COVID-19 pandemic have helped to keep our community safe and our businesses open.”
At the Village of Glen Ellyn’s Board meeting on April 12, 2021, the Board recognized that the Village was awarded Tree City USA status for the 37th year. This year, Public Works plans to plant 290 new parkway trees in total, exemplifying a true sense of stewardship to its urban forestry.
The Village of Glen Ellyn has been designated as a Tree City USA member for 37 years. The Tree City USA program, established in 1976, is sponsored by the Arbor Day Foundation in partnership with the U.S. Forest Service and the National Association of State Foresters. To be designated as a Tree City USA, communities must meet four core standards of sound urban forestry management: maintaining a tree board or department, having a community tree ordinance, spending at least $2 per capita on urban forestry and celebrating Arbor Day.
For more information on the Village of Glen Ellyn’s Public Works Department, visit here or call 630-469-6756.