May 4 Is Village of Inverness Arbor Day 2015
Tree Commission Seeks Entries for Student Art Contest
March 2015 - The Village of Inverness will celebrate Arbor Day and the village’s 24th year as a Tree City USA on Monday, May 4, at 4:30 p.m. at Village Hall. The event will include a tree-planting ceremony, refreshments, Arbor Day mementos and a tree raffle. The observance will be held rain or shine. For the raffle, one entry per family will be accepted, and participants must be present to enter and to win. Entrants should be prepared to take their trees with them should they win.
In conjunction with the celebration, the Inverness Tree Commission is holding a contest for the best original drawing for the cover of the Arbor Day program. The winner will receive a plaque and a $50 gift card.
Design requirements for the program cover are:
To be considered, the drawing must include the phrases:
Inverness Arbor Day 2015 and Tree City USA 24 Years
Artists must be 6 to 12 years old to enter. Please list the artist’s name, telephone number and age on the back of the drawing. Drawings need to be received at Village Hall, 1400 Baldwin Road, by 4:00 p.m. on Thursday, April 30.
The Village of Inverness has received the Tree City designation for 24 consecutive years because it has complied with all Tree City USA guidelines: The village has a tree commission, a community tree ordinance, a community forestry program and an Arbor Day observance. Participation in the Tree City USA program has resulted in the planting and preservation of several thousand trees in the village.
Whether you are able to attend the event or not, you are encouraged to plant a tree in honor of Arbor Day, a practice that is more important than ever as trees are lost to the emerald ash borer. Trees produce oxygen, clean the air, provide cooling shade, offer shelter and food for wildlife, reduce noise pollution, and make cities more pleasant and homes more valuable.
Please call Village Hall at 847-358-7740 with any questions about the contest or celebration.
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Resident Notification System
The Village has updated its resident notification system, in cooperation with Northwest Central Dispatch, to better serve you. This system enables us to provide you with critical information in a timely manner. As long as you have a traditional landline phone, you are automatically signed-up for this service through the 911 system. If you want to receive notifications at work, on your cell phone or by email, you need to register. You can register whenever you want, and can opt out at anytime. When we issue an emergency message, it will be sent to all standard voice and text communication devices that you have registered. Some messages may ask for you to confirm receipt. If you do not confirm receipt of the message, the system will try to reach your second contact number or email. The system will continue trying to contact you until it receives a confirmation from you.
For more information and/or to register, please click on the Citizen Alert Link.
Emerald Ash Borer
Emerald Ash Borer (EAB) infestation has been confirmed throughout the Village. It can be difficult to detect until the branches of an infected tree begin to die. The most visible sign is crown dieback, which appears after the first year of infestation. Usually the leaves on the upper third of the tree will begin to thin and the branches will begin to die. A number of suckers and branches will also sprout from the base of the tree and on the trunk. The bark may also split vertically and woodpeckers may begin to feed on the beetle larvae leaving visible damage on the bark. Adult beetles emerging from trees will leave a very small 1/8 inch diameter distinctly D-shaped exit hole that may appear anywhere on the trunk or upper branches. Distinct S-shaped larval feeding tunnels may also be apparent under the bark. Typically, the tree will die in about three years. Click here for a brochure on identifying the EAB.
Ash trees infested with EAB are a public nuisance under Section 9-2B-2 of the Village Code. Residents are required to remove these Ash trees and properly dispose of the debris using a contractor that has a compliance agreement with the Illinois Department of Agriculture. More information regarding EAB can be found at the following sites:
Residents are urged to inspect Ash trees on their property for signs of EAB infestation. If you believe a tree in the right of way is infested, please contact Village Hall at 847-358-7740.