Bay Village group works to protect urban forest
Bay Village is known for its beautiful trees, and the city’s tree commission is working to make sure it stays that way for generations to come.
Sixteen trees were planted at Reese Park by the city’s service department last month, and the Bay Village Tree Commission is currently planning a fall planting on Glen Park Drive.
The Bay Village Tree Commission, made up of five residents, along with City Arborist Mike Polinski and City Council Representative Dave Tadych, works with city officials to preserve, fortify and improve the town’s urban forest. Trees help our neighborhoods by soaking up storm water, lessening air pollution, shading our homes (reducing heating costs), improving home values, and providing a home for birds and wildlife.
In May, Bay Village was awarded a Tree City USA award for the 19th consecutive year by the Arbor Day Foundation. The award recognizes communities that have made a commitment to their urban tree canopy. The city also received the Tree City USA Growth Award for the first time – recognition for increasing our commitment to urban forestry through innovative projects.
Earlier this spring, the Tree Commission planted five trees around the time capsule in Cahoon Park to commemorate Arbor Day. The city also supplied 250 Red Maple seedlings for Bay Middle School students to plant at home in honor of the holiday.
Last fall, neighbors on West Oakland Road combined funds to purchase nine trees to be planted along the back of Glenview School. As part of the Street Tree Planting Program, the city planted and will maintain the trees for the first year.
The group is also awaiting approval of a Tree Preservation Ordinance, which will work in conjunction with the city’s Master Plan. This document details the regulations for planting, maintenance, and removal of trees within Bay Village.