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Tree Boards Beautify Our Cities

Posted 7/6/2017

Editor’s Note: Each town in our coverage area has a number of boards or commissions staffed by volunteers in the community.  This summer we are highlighting a few of those bGRANT Williams with Halstead’s tree board helps Ward Willis and sixth graders at Halstead Middle School plant a tree for Arbor Day last April.GRANT Williams with Halstead’s tree board helps Ward Willis and sixth graders at Halstead Middle School plant a tree for Arbor Day last April.oards active in our communities.

By Pilar Martin

A great way to get involved locally is to volunteer for a local tree board. Both Halstead and Sedgwick have tree boards. Sedgwick is actually looking for someone to join their tree board now. Trees are an important part of any community. They provide beauty, especially in the spring and fall. Trees provide shade and help the atmosphere and wildlife.

The Halstead Tree Board is a five-member committee that meets a couple of times a year. They are given around $4,000 each year to enhance the town’s public spaces with trees.

“We use the money to maintain existing trees, remove old diseased trees, and plant new ones,” said Grant Williams, one of the tree board members.

Trees are planted in the parks, cemetery and along easements in town. Members if the tree board help select projects to be completed and decide how the funding will be spent.

The tree board also has a street tree program. This program will plant trees for free even in someone’s yard in the city easement for more street appeal. If you would like to have some trees planted, just contact city hall. The street tree program only plants a few trees each yeSEDGWICK’S tree board has its own tree farm. SEDGWICK’S tree board has its own tree farm. ar.

Halstead has been designated as a tree city for 39 consecutive years, tied for seventh place for oldest tree cities in the country. Each Arbor Day the tree board helps maintain that certification by planting a tree locally.

“The planting could be at the schools, a city park, or senior center,” Williams said. “We try and move it around.”

Sedgwick also has a tree board with seven members on it.  The tree board maintains a tree farm out at the burn site. They grow a variety of trees, and most are pretty large. The trees are offered through the tree-sharing cost program. Information can be found at the city’s website or stop by at city hall.

The tree board also offers a variety of trees and shrubs for sale each spring. All trees and shrubs are selected for the Kansas climate. Any resident can purchase the reduced cost trees or shrubs.