Putting Roots Down

Spring planting puts 44 new trees in city

Times Observer photo by Brian Ferry Travis Loucks, part of a City of Warren Department of Public Works crew, plants an autumn fest maple at a residence at Hill and Monroe streets on Thursday.

Some upstanding new residents have put roots down in Warren.

On Thursday, three Department of Public Works crews planted 44 trees all over the city, according to Public Works Superintendent Joe Reinke.

Most of the trees were planted on residential properties.

“Crescent Park had seven trees planted to replace trees that were taken down by beavers,” Reinke said.

Another five trees were planted at Lacy Park.

And an elm was put in at Washington Park to help replace trees that were brought down in a 2020 wind storm.

Among the trees were an assortment of sizes.

“We try to fit the biggest tree possible in that particular planting site,” Reinke said. But, the city is willing to work with residents who would like a tree of less-than-maximum size.

The crews planted trees of many species and cultivars.

“It’s things like Dutch elm disease and emerald ash borer that are the reasons you don’t want a monoculture in your urban forest,” Reinke said.

The weather was ideal for Thursday’s work. “This is the first spring or fall planting that it hasn’t rained or snowed,” he said. “You couldn’t ask for a better day.”

An autumn blaze maple planted at 311 Market St. — next to Wetmore Park — is the city’s 2021 Arbor Day tree, Reinke said.

The Arbor Day ceremony will be held at noon Friday, April 30, at that location.

“Everyone’s welcome,” he said.

The ceremony will take about 20 minutes. Parking in the area is limited and those who attend are encouraged to walk.


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