Reforesting Forest Park
A large portion of our urban forest are currently being (or will soon be) confronted by tree killing insects and/or by fungal diseases. These insects/diseases have already been found in and around Hamilton County. The Ohio Department of Natural Resources, along with many county and local governments, are doing everything they can to delay or remove this treat. However, past history has shown these insects and diseases usually have the advantage and steadily progress from one area to another. Below are examples of what southwestern Ohio is or will be probably experiencing within the near future.
Emerald Ash Borer - ash trees (found statewide)
- Asian Longhorned Beetle - 13 species including maples, horse-chestnuts, poplars, willows, elms, and others (found in Clermont County)
- Thousand Canker Disease - walnut trees
(recently found in Butler County)
As our trees slowly (or quickly) succumbed to the stresses caused by these infestations, the Environmental Program is putting into place a long-term program that allows residents to either replace their infected tree OR plant new trees where none have been present. This program will continue for several years, thus increasing the number and diversity of new trees planted.
David Nowak whittles down 30 years of studying the economic value of forests to this advice: If you can only plant one tree, plant it in a city. After all, in an era of overwhelming need for urban infrastructure improvements, trees offer cities some of the best bang for their buck. Trees remove carbon dioxide, filter air pollution, and produce oxygen. They absorb rainwater, UV radiation, and noise. They slow down traffic, improve property values, and reduce human stress and mental fatigue. And they provide shade, which means we have to use less energy to cool down. …yes money does grow with trees
The Reforesting Program
The Environmental Program Manager has met with Wendi Van Buren, ODNR Regional Urban Forester, to develop a diverse list of trees which are known for their increased resistance to fungal and insect infestations. It is our hope that over the long-term, the City's urban forest will become more diverse and much healthier than it is today.
Swamp White Oak - Quercus bicolor
River Birch - Betula n. 'Heritage' Clump
Flowering Dogwood (White) - Cornus florida 'Cherokee Princess'
Eastern Redbud - Cercis canadensis
2020 Tree Order Form
75% subsidy provided
1. Program Goals and Objectives
- To replenish Forest Park's urban forest with more resistant trees.
- To diversify the types of trees within the City's urban forests.
- To assist residents in purchasing 100 trees each year.
- To provide a 75% subsidy on selected trees identified in the annual Tree List.
- To allow households the opportunity to select and plant two (2) trees each year.
- To implement and maintain a reforesting program for several years.
2. Program Description - What residents have to do
- Review the annual Tree List and decide which tree(s) they want to order.
- Complete the Tree Order Form.
- Attach a personal check for their cost of the tree(s) to the Tree Order Form and mail it back to the Forest Park Environmental Awareness Office.
- Plant the tree(s) when they are delivered. Check the Tree Order Form for container size and approximate height.
How to Plant a Tree
Watch the "containerized" video
By the Arbor Day Foundation
All tree orders must be received no later than mid-September. The City will deliver the trees to each home the first week in October.
3. Trees Subsidies
- Each tree will be subsidized by 75%
For Example: White Dogwood (resident's cost - $9.75)
$39.00 (tree cost) - $29.25 (Environmental Awareness 75% subsidy) = $9.75 (Resident's cost)
4. Planting Considerations (Very Important)
- Do not plant within 40 feet of overhead, primary electric lines
- Allow for plenty of room for crown spread from buildings, roads, driveways, etc.
By law, everyone MUST contact the Ohio Utilities Protection Service, 8-1-1 or 1-800-362-2764, at least 48 hours but no more than 10 working days (excluding weekends and legal holidays) before beginning ANY digging project. A vital resource for Ohio residents and businesses alike, the Ohio Utilities Protection Service acts as a communication link between utility companies and individuals planning any digging activity. This site includes all the information you need to dig safely and protect your community.
Below are several websites that provide tree maintenance information.
- Trees Are Good
- Arbor Day Foundation
- How to Maintain a tree through the next decade - about.education
5. Dates to Remember
- Tree orders begin - Mid-April
- Tree Order Form Deadline - Mid-September
- Tree delivery to residents - 1st week of October (weather dependent)