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It's all about the trees in Chesterton

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Just in time for Arbor Day, the Town of Chesterton has received its Indiana Tree City USA designation.

For the 18th consecutive year.

So Street Commissioner John Schnadenberg reported at Monday nightís Town Council meeting.

So whatís going on, tree-wise, in town?

Begin with the councilís proclamation on Monday, that the week of April 21-27 shall be celebrated as Urban Forestry Days in Chesterton and Saturday, April 26, as Arbor Day.

As always, Arbor Day in town coincides with Rebuilding Together Duneland--on the last Saturday in April--but this year the latter is getting into the spirit of the former, with a community project at Coffee Creek Watershed Preserve, where fully 380 new trees will be planted, Watershed Conservancy Executive Director Katie Rizer told the council on Monday.

Those new trees will be replacing ones lost to the emerald ash borer, Rizer said.

An official Arbor Day ceremony has been scheduled for 10 a.m. Saturday, April 26, at the trellis overlook in the Coffee Creek Watershed Preserve.

Meanwhile, the Tree Committee is planning a busy year, as Pat Carlisle and Gina Darnell also announced on Monday. A total of 49 new trees will be planted in town in 2014, at a cost of around $6,000: with $2,000 already in the Tree Fund, $2,000 from a grant awarded by Indiana-American Water Company, and $2,000 in cost-share funds from residents.

Of those 49 new trees, 16 will be planted along South Fifth Street, in addition to the 20 which NIPSCO is planting at its own expense to replace those removed last fall during its infrastructure upgrade program. Those 36 trees will leaf out South Fifth Street between Union Ave. and 1100N.

Finally, the Tree Committee will be offering--free, on a first-come, first-served basis--400 seedlings on the opening day of this yearís European Market, on Saturday, May 3, in Downtown Chesterton.


Posted 4/16/2014