LIMA — Lima continues to encourage the growth of trees throughout the city, as it prepares to celebrate Arbor Day on Friday, April 30.
Once again, Lima has been selected as a Tree City USA winner from the Urban Forest Council, just as it has for 30-plus years, said Ric Stolly, the deputy public works director for Lima.
The parks department will plant several trees this Friday afternoon on the Lima Senior High School campus, with help from the school’s agricultural education and FFA program. The new trees will be planted just south of the baseball varsity field. Last year, oak trees were planted at Lima Stadium Park.
The city also offers reduced-price trees. A representative checks out the planned location for the tree, looking out for eventual problems with power lines or sidewalks.
“You’re permitted to come through and look at the approved list of trees,” Stolly said. “For us, it is about the right tree in the right place.”
There’s also a memorial tree program available through the city, where a tree can be planted in memory or honor of someone.
Lima Mayor David Berger urged residents to consider the benefits of planting trees while reading an Arbor Day proclamation.
Berger said he urged “all citizens to support efforts to care for our trees and woodlands, to support our city’s community forestry program and to plant trees to gladden the hearts and promote the well-being of present and future generations.”