By Nancy Heck
Carmel, IN (September 25, 2009)- In celebration of NeighborWoods Month, the City of Carmel, the Carmel Urban Forestry Committee, and Eden Village homeowners are partnering for a tree planting in Eden Village neighborhood on Saturday, October 17th at 9 a.m. This event is one of dozens of re-greening efforts throughout the country that are promoted during October, which has been declared National NeighborWoods Month by the national nonprofit organization, Alliance for Community Trees (ACT). The City of Carmel is member of ACT’s NeighborWoods Network. NeighborWoods Month also celebrates trees and raises awareness for the value of urban forests. It is sponsored through a generous grant from The Home Depot Foundation.
A total of 11 trees will be planted along Eden Village Drive and Eden Village Place in Eden Village. An additional 12 trees will be planted along the wooded common area adjacent to 126th Street and Keystone Parkway to enhance the buffer for the Eden Village neighborhood. The neighborhood residents were able to choose what species of trees to plant from a list. The trees that will be planted in the street right-of-way are approximately two inches in diameter and approximately 10 to 14 feet tall. The street trees will be planted to replace pear trees which were recently removed, as they had reached maturity and started to fall apart. Smaller containerized tree stock will be used along the wooded common area.
This is the 14th year for Carmel’s Fall Neighborhood Tree Planting Program. Through this partnership, the City will purchase the trees, the Street Department will pre-dig the holes and the Urban Forestry staff will provide tree-planting expertise for the neighborhood. The City will also assume responsibility for the street trees when they need pruning or replacing in the future.
Carmel Urban Forestry staff, along with the Carmel Urban Forestry Committee, will lead the tree planting and supervise the volunteer groups which will be comprised of neighborhood residents, representatives from Northview Christian Life Church, Indiana Tree Stewards, and Carmel High School Environmental Science students.
The President of the Carmel Urban Forestry committee, Ashley Mulis, said, “Though neighborhoods like Eden Village are blessed to have mature trees, it is important to be diligent in keeping the age and species classifications varied. The Fall Planting will add some new species to a neighborhood that has experienced some impact from the road enhancements on Keystone Parkway. This is a great way to honor their sacrifice and to continue to enhance what is already a valuable part of Carmel’s urban forest.” The City of Carmel has been designated a Tree City USA since 1994, and it is indicative of the City of Carmel’s financial support and physical commitment for its urban forestry program. The City of Carmel is recognized as a Sterling Tree City having won a growth award from the National Arbor Day Foundation for 13 years consecutively.
“It’s great to be working on an important re-greening effort at a time when other organizations are focusing on such efforts as well,” said Nichole Passineau, Carmel Urban Forestry Specialist. “Part of our goal is to draw attention to the good work being done at the grassroots level all across the country to improve urban and community forests.”
Founded in 1993, the Alliance for Community Trees is a national coalition of 120 nonprofit organizations engaged in urban and community forestry. Its members are dedicated to grassroots community greening, public education, policymaking, job training, environmental design, and other activities that support better urban forest stewardship.
For more information, or to volunteer to help with this planting or future plantings, please call Carmel’s Urban Forestry Specialist Nichole Passineau at 571-2417.
Indianapolis Star- Carmel Plans Neighborhood Tree Planting for NeighborWoods Month