Record tree planting in 2022

A record 53,000 trees were planted last year in town, both on public and private lands. At the same time, we continue to lose ash trees to the emerald ash borer. As mentioned in the following item, despite the record planting, ultimately the city gained a net 25,000 trees last year, taking into account the ongoing removal of afflicted ash trees.

An account of the damage to trees in the April 5 ice storm was also given. Nine hundred trees were lost to the storm – the damage not being, as pointed out, anything close to the losses from the ash borer.