Riverside's Tree Cooperative Planting Program is back for 2013

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By Community Editor

Courtesy Village of Riverside

The Cooperative Tree Planting Program, sponsored by the Village of Riverside, is designed to accept donations from residents for spring tree planting on parkways throughout the village. Your donation will help to reforest public parkways, keeping Riverside green for future generations to enjoy. The village is offering a 50/50 price matching program that will cover half the cost of all trees planted on the parkway and public setback. The cost share is not eligible for public park areas. Tree prices differ based on the tree species selected, sizes available, and the nursery or grower providing the plant material. All prices include free tree planting, mulch, and delivery along with the initial watering of the tree installed. Residents are required to water the tree following initial installation to ensure survival and growth. Tree descriptions and order forms are available at the Village Office or the village website www.riverside.il.us in the Village Quick Links section on the home page.

Riverside's tree planting program requires substantial coordination between utility locators, nursery contractors and village staff. Orders will be accepted on a first come, first served basis starting today, Jan. 7, 2013, and must be received by March 1, 2013. Do not delay! The village does not plan to offer another tree planting until fall 2014. Act now! Mail or bring a completed order form to the Riverside Village Offices, located at, 27 Riverside Rd., Riverside, IL 60546. Payments will be refunded if the order cannot be filled.

We hope you will participate in this year's program. Should you have any questions or need additional information, please visit the Village Office to review plants available or call Village Forester, Mike Collins at 708-442-3590 extension 502. Thank you in advance for your participation. Remember, donations for the program are tax deductible!

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