Tree Board Activities

Charleston Tree Board Activities

  • Tree topping seminar held to promote better alternatives – 35 attendees.

  • Distributed posters to the public to not move firewood.
  • Distributed information to the public on how to avoid tree damage during construction.

  • Emerald Ash Borer preparedness plan created.
  • Tree City and Tree Campus applications made and approved by Arbor Day
  • Grants investigated for invasive plants removal at Lake Charleston
  • State Champion Black Oak submitted and approved
  • Worked with City to reduce tree removals with sidewalk construction.
  • Evergreens planted with girls softball team at NECO field.
  • Spreadsheet of known ash trees made.
  • Emerald Ash Borer traps set out.
  • 8 trees planted at Sister City Park
  • Hazardous trees removed by city crews on city property (ongoing)
  • Known EAB-infected trees removed on city property (ongoing).

  • Trees of Merit nominated (tamarisk, swamp white oak, golden rain tree, State Champion black oak).
  • Emerald Ash Borer workshop held.

  • 3 Redbud trees planted at Jefferson School with help from students.
  • Red maple was planted at the Ashmore Habitat for Humanity home.
  • Ongoing Emerald Ash Borer monitoring.
  • 12 sweet bay magnolias and red maples planted at NECO and South Baker fields to shade bleachers.
  • 5 Pink Princess Crabapple trees planted at Woodyard Park by city crews.

  • 11 oaks planted with help by Jefferson students at South Baker and Junior Football League fields to shade bleachers.
  • 2 Emerald Ash Borer-infected ash trees were taken down by city crew at South Baker field.
  • Spring workshop held for the public on tree selection, proper planting, and pruning.
  • 2 flower plots planted along Lincoln Avenue for city beautification.

  • 2 White Oaks (the Illinois State Tree) planted at the Lincoln-Douglas Debate Museum at the fairgrounds.
  • Ceremony held headlined by EIU president David Glassman to commemorate the planting of a seedling that was grown from an acorn dropped by the old Bur Oak that stood for years on the east side of Old Main at EIU.
  • Assisted city and numerous volunteers with the planting of over 60 trees and shrubs at the Lake Island tract at Lake Charleston.
  • Planted 2 flower plots along Lincoln Avenue for city beautification.

  • Planted 3 redbud trees on the west side of Jefferson School with help from students.
  • Led EIU adult classes on tree ID and management at Douglas-Hart Nature Center
  • Planted 2 flower plots along Lincoln Avenue for city beautification.