FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Date: July 9, 2014
Contact: Kathy Launder, Mayor's Office, 419-424-7137 or email@example.com
2014 Findlay Adopt-A-Tree Program Announced
The City of Findlay Shade Tree Commission is now accepting applications from City residents for the Adopt-A-Tree program. Applications to order trees are now available at the Mayor's Office or on the City's web site: www.findlayohio.com/?id=81. The Adopt-A-Tree program is intended to make shade trees available for residents of Findlay to plant in the tree lawn of their residences. This program is designed to help keep Findlay streets beautiful and shaded. The Findlay Shade Tree Commission will select appropriate species for the locations. The deadline for ordering trees is August 15, 2014.
All residents within the city of Findlay are eligible to participate in Adopt-A-Tree for the minimal price of $25 per tree. The trees are intended for the public tree lawn (the area between the road and five foot past the public right-of-way, this is a new definition intended to give property owners a little more planting latitude) and public road rights-of-way. A member of the Shade Tree Commission will contact all applicants for a site inspection and review of tree choice. Payment will be collected at the October 4th pick up date.
Historically, property owners have been able to select a tree through the Adopt-A-Tree program from several options. This will still be the case in many parts of the city. However, due to the Emerald Ash Borer problems and the June 2012 storm damage, the Findlay Shade Tree Commission is developing a Tree Planting Plan to better prepare Findlay to deal with issues like these in the future. There are several areas in Findlay where the Planting Plan has been complete and this direction is being tested. These areas are: 1. between S. Main St. east to the railroad tracks and Lima St. south to 6th St. and 2. from Lima Ave. south to Lake Cascades Parkway and S. Main St. west to Western Ave. and the Sherman Park area. This plan uses an urban site index process which involves reviewing the soil, tree lawn width and other street conditions in order to be able to identify and place the "Right Tree in the Right Place." Then the areas were divided into logical street segments and a determination of the specific trees to plant in those segments was made that would aid in supporting the following goals: To maintain the health and vigor of all trees along Findlay's tree lawns and public places; To plant the largest suitable tree for the available sites; and To plant appropriate trees on the suitable sites.
Pick Up Details
Trees will be available for pickup on Saturday, October 4, 2014, from 9:00am-11:00am at the rear of 330 North Cory Street (City Street Department). Payment of cash or check is due at the time of pickup. Checks should be made payable to: City of Findlay.
Tree Spacing Guidelines
These guidelines should be taken into account when considering tree planting.
Certain trees do best in specific places.
Findlay uses three size classes of trees:
Small Trees - no taller than 25 feet at maturity
Medium Trees - no taller than 40 feet at maturity
Large Trees - taller than 40 feet at maturity
These size trees may be planted no closer together than the following:
Small Trees – twenty (20) feet
Medium Trees – thirty (30) feet
Large Trees – forty (40) feet
The minimum size of the tree lawn shall be:
Small Trees – five (5) feet
Medium Trees – six (6) feet
Large Trees - ten (10) feet with the trees planted in the center of the tree lawn
There shall be no planting in a tree lawn of less than five (5) feet.
Distance From The Street Corner, Water Meters, Manholes and Fire Plugs
These dimensions should be followed as well as possible.
No public tree shall be planted closer than thirty five (35) feet from any street corner, measured from the point nearest the intersecting curbs or curb lines.
No public tree shall be planted closer than ten (10) feet to any fire hydrant and streetlight.
No public tree shall be planted closer than five (5) feet to any water meter or manhole.
No public tree shall be planted closer than four (4) feet from underground utility lines and utilities.
No public tree shall be planted closer than eight (8) feet from curb cuts and street signs.
Distance From Utility Wires
No public tree other than those species referred to as Small Trees may be planted under or within twenty five (25) lateral feet of any overhead utility wire.
If you have questions, refer to the Findlay Shade Tree Commission on the City's website at www.findlayohio.com?id=81 or call the Mayor's Office at 419-424-7137.