“Treeing Our City” talk scheduled at Moore Center April 16

ELLSWORTH — The Ellsworth Garden Club, in support of the Ellsworth Green Planning Process, is hosting a talk titled “Treeing Our City: A Vision for a Public/Private Canopy” at the Moore Community Center in Ellsworth on Monday, April 16, at 7 p.m.

This is a free event that is open to everyone. Tree specialist Tabatha White will talk about a tree planting plan for Ellsworth, including attention to connecting, walkable corridors.

“When I moved back to my hometown, I was struck by the lack of street trees in Ellsworth,” White said. “Ellsworth’s lack of street trees not only affects the aesthetics of our main corridors but without a tree care ordinance that clearly defines where to plant, what to plant and how to plant, there would be a little chance that Ellsworth would see a successful and flourishing canopy of trees anytime soon. I want to help change that.”

Coming just before the celebration of National Arbor Day on April 27, this event will provide those who attend with a list of recommended/non-invasive tree species. Organizers encourage participants to bring questions about what they can plant and do on their own properties as well as broader ideas to contribute in the discussion forum to follow.

Discussion topics may include: Where should we be planting more trees? How can we improve the success and survival of trees along our city streets and public properties? How can we encourage property owners — residents or businesses — to support a tree planting plan?

Historically, the city of Ellsworth garnered statewide recognition for its beautiful tree-lined streets. With the spread of Dutch elm disease in the 1970s and 1980s, most of the old, arching elm trees died, and the stately, tree-lined corridors disappeared. While the city replaced some trees, it did not develop a long-term tree planting and maintenance plan.

White is a certified arborist who was born and raised in Ellsworth. After graduating with a forestry degree from the University of Maine, she spent five years working in her field in Boston, and then three years working in a similar capacity in New York City. In 2016, White moved back to Ellsworth to lead the family farm and began working with Atlantic Landscape Construction as an arborist and plant purchaser.

For more information on the talk, call 667-8878.

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