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Edwardsville Beautification and Tree Commission
Beautification and Tree Commission
Click here for photo; cutlines are as follows: From left to right are: Michael Reinhardt, a member of the Edwardsville Beautification and Tree Commission (EBTC); Wilma Jene Bond, chair of the Commission's Green Thumb Award Committee; Benna Denue, chair of the EBTC; Edwardsville Mayor Gary Niebur; Doug Conley, director of The Gardens at SIUE and a member of the University's biological sciences faculty; SIUE Chancellor Vaughn Vandegrift; Chuck Tosovsky, a member of the Friends of The Gardens at SIUE, a support organization for the Gardens; and Patrick Hundley, vice chancellor for University Relations. (SIUE Photo by Denise Macdonald)
Chair of the Edwardsville Beautification and Tree Commission (EBTC) Benna Denue said the city applied again this year for the awards and was chosen. "This is the sixth year Edwardsville was recognized for Tree City USA and the fifth year for the Growth Award," Denue said. Denue said a Tree City USA Award flag will be flown at the Edwardsville City Park and two signs will be placed at the city's entrances to note the awards. In addition, she said a plaque will be at City Hall to commemorate the awards. Denue said the EBTC will be continuing to achieve the requirements for the awards in 2008. "One event a community must conduct to be awarded Tree City USA is to conduct an Arbor Day event," Denue said."And for the past five years we have conducted one at a city school." Denue said this year's event will be at Lincoln Middle School on April 25. She said a class will be planting an Oak Tree - the state tree. In addition, Denue said EBTC will be conducting many other events this year. She said the committee will have its annual flower pots out the first part of May. Then, the annual Green Thumb Awards applications will be available in the coming months. Applications will be available on the city's Web site www.cityofedwardsville.com or at City Hall located at 118 Hillsboro Ave. Moreover, Denue said the EBTC hopes to again offer a 50/50 tree planting program for residents. For three years, the city has offered a program to help pay for a portion of tree plantings on private property. Denue said about 134 residents took advantage of the program last year. She said it helped many residents replant trees that were lost in the previous year's ice storm. "The city pays up to $75," Denue said.
The meeting kicked off with a presentation from Benna Denue, chair of the Beautification and Tree Commission, regarding the city of Edwardsville being chosen as a Tree City U.S.A. for the third consecutive year.According to Denue, the city is one of 175 communities throughout the state to be chosen for the honor.She said that Edwardsville was also selected to receive a growth award for additional achievements beyond the basic Tree City U.S.A. requirements.
EBTC Chair Benna Denue said each year the commission gives out about 12 Green Thumb Awards.
EBTC Chair Benna Denue said the Arbor Day tradition began on April 10, 1872, to set a day aside to plant trees for forests and fruit. All 50 states now celebrate Arbor Day, she said. In the past, Denue said the EBTC has had the Arbor Day event at other schools, such as Columbus Elementary, Woodland Elementary and N.O. Nelson Elementary. "We will continue to do tree planting and celebrate Arbor Day," Denue said.