LIMA — Lima Mayor David Berger on Wednesday took the occasion of the city’s upcoming Arbor Day celebration to remind citizens of cost-sharing opportunities available through the city’s urban forestry program for the purchase of trees planted on private property.
Berger, during his weekly press briefing, issued a formal proclamation recognizing April 26 as Arbor Day in Lima. Ric Stolly, supervisor of the city’s parks and rec department, said an Arbor Day celebration is planned at 1 p.m. Friday on the north lawn at Lima Central Catholic High School. Stolly said “a couple of sycamore trees” will be planted as part an Urban Council/Tree City USA relationship with area schools.
Stolly said Lima has been a Tree City USA city for more than 30 years.
“It’s all about educating the public about the value that trees bring to the community, both aesthetically and economically,” Stolly said.
Berger went even further to emphasize the importance of the city’s urban forestry programs. He said the decimation of a great number of ash trees in Lima by the emerald ash borer infestation a few years back “showed that it is important that we have a plan in place to replace those trees.”
The mayor said a practice started 20 years ago of replacing street trees with flowering varieties has “beautified the entryways to our city, and that’s really evident at this time of year.”
Berger also reminded residents of a city program that provides financial assistance to homeowners wishing to plant trees on private property within the city. The mayor said the city will provide funds to cover one-half the cost of a tree — up to $300 — to encourage homeowners to plant trees on their property.
Stolly said the city’s urban foresters will work with property owners in selecting the type of tree to plant.
“It’s all about the right tree in the right place,” he said.