City of Lincoln
2007 Media Releases
Mayor Seng announced that the City Parks and Recreation Department has received grants from the Nebraska Forest Service and the Nebraska Statewide Arboretum to assist with planting street trees. City Forestry staff have identified 397 locations throughout the community where street trees could replace diseased or severely damaged trees.
“Lincoln residents have a great appreciation for street trees and the many benefits trees bring to our community,” said Mayor Seng. “Trees add to property values and provide shade to lower cooling bills. They truly are a gift for future generations, and I want to thank the Nebraska Forest Service and the Nebraska Statewide Arboretum for their assistance with this important replanting effort.”
The grants will not cover the cost to replace trees in all 397 locations, so to stretch the funds, property owners adjacent to the sites identified for tree replacement will be asked to provide half of the cost of purchasing and planting the trees. The cost-share match is $60 for each tree. Property owners who do not want to pay the cost share can refuse the tree.
“This match is about half of the cost of a commercially planted tree, so this is a great value,” said Steve Schwab, City Forester. “Many residents see street trees as assets to their properties, and we hope that many people will participate.”
Letters were sent to the property owners adjacent to the sites earlier this week. Residents who wish to participate should commit to the match by February 1 and make payment by March 1. The tree planting project will be competitively bid, and street trees will be planted during the spring and fall planting seasons in 2007.