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Rockford Park District helping to Reforest the Forest City


Protection of the environment takes center stage with Earth Day and Arbor Day.

On Saturday, April 27, 2019, the Rockford Park District will be facilitating the distribution of free trees to homeowners, provided by Living Lands & Waters Million Trees Program.

12-24 inch Red, Swamp White and Bur Oak bare root saplings, suitable for your residence, will be available for pick up in the Nicholas Conservatory & Gardens parking lot from 9:00 a.m. to noon.

This is part of an effort to reforest the Forest City through our neighborhoods. The Rockford Park District has needs to reforest our parks, but offers these saplings to beautify your home landscape.

Reforest the Forest City

In recent years, Emerald Ash Borer and Mother Nature have jeopardized the “Forest City.” Across the Rockford Park District, we have lost thousands of trees, which translates to hundreds of thousands of dollars per year.

Our goal is to plant 200 trees per year in parks where the trees have been removed. The Rockford Park District Foundation is helping to fund this effort, and your donation would be greatly appreciated.

Earth Day 2019

Monday, April 22

Earth Day is now a global event each year. It is a day of political action and civic participation. People march, sign petitions, meet with their elected officials, plant trees, clean up their towns and roads. Corporations and governments use it to make pledges and announce sustainability measures.

2020 will mark the 50th anniversary of Earth Day, and many special efforts are being planned to honor the milestone. (Source:

Arbor Day 2019

Friday, April 26

Arbor Day is an annual observance that celebrates the role of trees in our lives and promotes tree planting and care. Many events are planned throughout the country. Visit for more information.

Triple Bottom Line Impact

Economic: Providing free trees to the community helps ease the economic burden on households to beautify their land. In addition, homes landscaped with trees sell more quickly and are worth 5% to 15% more than homes without trees (Source:

Environmental: There are many environmental benefits to planting new trees, including adding clean air, reducing smog, and reducing the overall concentration of greenhouse gases in the atmosphere. (Source:

Social: Urban landscaping, including trees, helps lower crime rates. Studies show that urban vegetation slows heartbeats, lowers blood pressure, and relaxes brain wave patterns. (Source:

For other fun tree facts and benefits, visit:

Mike Costello