Westminster plants trees, and honors fall like acorns

April 18, 1993|By Greg Tasker | Greg Tasker,Staff Writer

Westminster officials, who are celebrating Arbor Day with a week of tree plantings beginning Monday, have reason to celebrate trees.

The National Arbor Day Foundation has designated Westminster Tree City, USA" for the fourth straight year -- a feat few other towns in the county or state can match, said Thomas B. Beyard, Westminster's director of planning and public works.

And for the second year in a row, the city has received the Growth Award from the National Arbor Day Foundation for exceeding the minimum standards needed to be designated a Tree City, USA, Mr. Beyard said.

"As a rule of thumb, tree cities spend $2 per capita on trees and tree care," Mr. Beyard said. "Our expenditures are about three times that."

Westminster's tree planting budget is $15,000. The city earmarked $6,000 for tree care and $50,000 for tree plantings along reconstructed East Main Street this year.

The city also has received the Maryland Plant Community Award for its efforts in tree planting, tree care and environmental concerns, Mr. Beyard said. Westminster is one of about 10 Maryland towns to receive the award, he said.

"We've seen big changes in the last year as far as trees and landscaping are concerned," Mr. Beyard said.

"We've adopted a landscape manual that now sets the tone for landscaping new communities in our town. We've also brought on board a full-service tree care company to maintain trees and provide pest management."

In addition, Mr. Beyard said, the city has worked with homeowners' associations to encourage tree plantings. The city provides technical assistance and, in some cases, trees.

"We've been trying to encourage plantings in more established neighborhoods, too," Mr. Beyard said. "And we've tried to

support and encourage any community efforts to do that."

That effort continues this week with plantings throughout Westminster.

Arbor Day activities official kick off at 11:30 a.m. Tuesday with the planting of a Japanese Snowbell at Hoover Library at Western Maryland College.

State Sen. Gerald Winegrad, a Western Maryland College alumnus and a leading environmentalist, will speak.

On Wednesday, Bradford pear and honey locust trees will be pruned to improve visibility and illumination on East Main Street near the Carroll County Public Library.

On Thursday, dogwood and dawn redwood trees will be planted at the Key Street parking lot, 7:30 a.m.; white oak and dogwood trees will be planted at King Park, 10:30 a.m.; a winter king hawthorne tree will be planted at Charles and Center streets, 12:30 p.m.; a Katsura tree will be planted at Union Street, near the Western Maryland College steam plant, 1:30 p.m.; sugar maple trees will be planted at the storm water management pond in The Greens, 2:30 p.m.

On Friday, trees will be planted along Avondale Run, Long Valley Road and North Burning Tree Drive, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

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