State works with local nonprofits to return trees to downtown Indianapolis

Indianapolis, Indiana (May 9, 2008)- Tomorrow, the Indiana Department of Administration will complete a coordinated city, state, and nonprofit effort to improve the Indianapolis tree canopy near Indiana Government Center. Working with the Indiana Department of Natural Resources Urban Forestry Division, Indianapolis Downtown, and Keep Indianapolis Beautiful, the Department of Administration will begin planting trees along one of downtown’s most prominent stretches of pavement, West Washington Street.

The trees, which have been paid for by the Keep Indianapolis Beautiful NeighborWoods Program, will be planted along the north side of the street, between West St. and Senate Ave. At the recommendation of the Indiana Department of Natural Resources’ Community and Urban Forestry (CUF) Program, the new trees will be a mix of Japanese Tree Lilac (Syringa reticulate) and Silver Linden (Tilia tomentosa). Both varieties are resistant to pests and disease, and are suited to withstand the stresses of an urban, street-level setting.
“By working together with the CUF Program, Indianapolis Downtown, Inc., and Keep Indianapolis Beautiful, we’re able to beautify a major downtown thoroughfare, all at no cost to taxpayers,” said Department of Administration Commissioner Carrie Henderson. “This is a win for everybody.”
Keep Indianapolis Beautiful’s NeighborWoods Program, in partnership with the City of Indianapolis, is dedicated to replenishing the Indianapolis tree canopy by planting 100,000 trees over the next ten years. The program serves all of Marion County, with a specific focus on urban areas in Center Township. Founding sponsors include Indianapolis Power & Light Company and Veolia Water Indianapolis.
The Indiana Department of Administration (IDOA) provides support services to state agencies. IDOA centrally manages activities relating to the Government Center Campus, state purchasing, the vehicle and aviation fleet, state travel, real estate leases, and property disposition, among others. Through its operations, IDOA helps to ensure the smooth function of state government, finding efficient and effective solutions to government-wide needs.
Related Resources:
National NeighborWoods
Keep Indianapolis Beautiful’s NeighborWoods Program
Noblesville Daily Times