Provide fun facts to residents that they can share about their trees. Residents could write messages in chalk pointing to their favorite trees with a fun fact. For example: "This is a 150-year-old oak!" Municipal staff would help identify the species of these parkway trees.
Plant a tree on Arbor Day and stream the process online. (NOTE: please maintain appropriate distancing measures when collaborating. Side note: your teenagers may -- or may not -- be happy to help with video & video editing.)
Feature a different native species on municipal social media sites everyday for a week. Showcase the importance of those species to IL. Encourage residents to look for these trees and share their pictures.
One municipality is planting a black oak for Arbor Day and 4 memorial trees and will unveil memorial plaques during Johnny Appleseed's Birthday Party.
Release an interacive map on the Village website, where residents can see what species they have on their parkways. If they don't have a tree, they can click on a link to the Replacement Program page so they can order a new tree.
Consider postponing celebrations: either to late May or to the fall. The summer is also a great time to hold a tree celebration, when all of the trees are leafed out. Can you host a tree walk this summer?
Go forward with tree plantings this spring and hold celebrations later when the order is lifted.
Online request and home delivery of seedlings for residents. Satellite pick up locations.
We hope these are helpful! Remember to tag CRTI in your social media posts and Happy Arbor Day 2020!
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