CORRECTION: 11 Kane County Communities Named ‘Tree City USA’

 

Just saw that my home town, Geneva, was named a Tree City USA community for the 14th straight year. That got me wondering how many Kane County municipalities had the Tree City seal of approval.

So I checked on the Arbor Day website, looked under Illinois, and found that Geneva wasn’t on the list.

Being a formerly intrepid reporter, I sent an email to Geneva, letting them know of the issue, then called the Arbor Day Foundation, where a very, very nice representative transferred my call to another very, very nice representative, Arbor Day Foundation Department Coordinator Lindsay Strizek, who said she’d email a list of Kane County, IL, Tree City USA communities — which she did in, like, 15 minutes.

Here’s the list from Kane County. ( Editor’s note: We added Carpentersville and Algonquin to the list, thanks to notes from alert readers. If we missed any others, let me know at ricknagel23@gmail.com. The full list of Illinois Tree Cities is below.)

  1. Algonquin
  2. Aurora
  3. Batavia
  4. Carpentersville
  5. Elburn
  6. Geneva
  7. North Aurora
  8. Sleepy Hollow
  9. South Elgin
  10. St. Charles
  11. Sugar Grove

Congratulations, Kane County, IL, Tree City USA designees!

What is Tree City USA?

The Tree City USA program is a national program that provides the framework for community forestry management for cities and towns across America.

Communities achieve Tree City USA status by meeting four core standards of sound urban forestry management: maintaining a tree board or department, having a community tree ordinance, spending at least $2 per capita on urban forestry and celebrating Arbor Day.

Participating communities have demonstrated a commitment to caring for and managing their public trees. Together the more than 3,400 Tree City USA communities serve as home to more than 135 million Americans.

 

Framework for Action

The four core standards for becoming a Tree City USA provide the framework and direction for the strategic management of community trees. Many communities use Tree City USA standards as a way to begin caring for the urban forest. Others regularly enhance their management through improved ordinances, innovative programs and increased emphasis on planting and tree care.

SOURCE: www.arborday.org

 

 

Tree Cities USA Communities in Illinois

Community Name Mayor or Equivalent Opportunity Population
Addison Rich Veenstra 2013 Tree City USA Application 37,000
Algonquin John Schmitt 2013 Tree City USA Application 30,046
Alton Brant Walker 2013 Tree City USA Application 27,415
Arlington Heights Thomas Hayes 2013 Tree City USA Application 75,101
Aurora Thomas Weisner 2013 Tree City USA Application 199,932
Bannockburn James Barkemeyer 2013 Tree City USA Application 1,583
Barrington Karen Darch 2013 Tree City USA Application 10,000
Barry Shawn Rennecker 2013 Tree City USA Application 1,400
Batavia Jeffery D. Schielke 2013 Tree City USA Application 27,700
Belleville Mark Eckert 2013 Tree City USA Application 45,500
Bensenville Frank Soto 2013 Tree City USA Application 18,352
Bloomingdale Franco Coladipietro 2013 Tree City USA Application 22,018
Bloomington Tari Renner 2013 Tree City USA Application 77,733
BLUE ISLAND DOMINGO VARGAS 2013 Tree City USA Application 23,816
Bolingbrook Roger Claar 2013 Tree City USA Application 70,977
Brookfield Kit Ketchmark 2013 Tree City USA Application 19,046
Buffalo Thomas Paige 2013 Tree City USA Application 501
Buffalo Grove Jeffrey Braiman 2013 Tree City USA Application 41,496
Burbank Harry Klein 2013 Tree City USA Application 28,095
Burr Ridge Mickey Straub 2013 Tree City USA Application 10,696
Carbondale Joel Fritzler 2013 Tree City USA Application 25,902
Carpentersville Ed Ritter 2013 Tree City USA Application 38,196
Cary Mark Kownick 2013 Tree City USA Application 18,713
Champaign Don Gerard 2013 Tree City USA Application 82,517
Channahon Joe Cook 2013 Tree City USA Application 12,560
Charleston Larry Rennels 2013 Tree City USA Application 21,911
Chicago Rahm Emanuel 2013 Tree City USA Application 2,746,590
Clarendon Hills Tom Karaba 2013 Tree City USA Application 8,486
Clinton Carolyn Peters 2013 Tree City USA Application 7,300
Country Club Hills Dwight Welch 2013 Tree City USA Application 16,854
Decatur Mike McElroy 2013 Tree City USA Application 75,000
Deerfield Harriet Rosenthal 2013 Tree City USA Application 18,255
Dekalb Mark Espy 2013 Tree City USA Application 44,030
Des Plaines Matthew Bogusz 2013 Tree City USA Application 57,000
Dixon Carol Chandler 2013 Tree City USA Application 16,000
Downers Grove Martin Tully 2013 Tree City USA Application 47,833
Du Quoin Rex Duncan 2013 Tree City USA Application 6,109
Edwardsville Hal Patton 2013 Tree City USA Application 24,293
Elburn David Anderson 2013 Tree City USA Application 5,602
Elk Grove Village Craig Johnson 2013 Tree City USA Application 33,127
Elmhurst Steve Morley 2013 Tree City USA Application 44,000
Evanston Elizabeth Tisdahl 2013 Tree City USA Application 75,430
Forrest James Gulliford 2013 Tree City USA Application 1,200
Forsyth Marilyn J. Johnson 2013 Tree City USA Application 3,490
Frankfort Jim Holland 2013 Tree City USA Application 17,782
Franklin Park Barrett Pedersen 2013 Tree City USA Application 18,500
Galesburg Salvador Garza 2013 Tree City USA Application 32,195
Geneva Kevin Burns 2013 Tree City USA Application 21,722
Genoa Todd Walker 2013 Tree City USA Application 5,200
Glen Ellyn ALEX DEMOS 2013 Tree City USA Application 27,650
Glencoe Philip Kiraly 2013 Tree City USA Application 8,723
Glendale Heights Linda Jackson 2013 Tree City USA Application 34,208
Glenview Todd Hileman 2013 Tree City USA Application 44,692
Golf Dan Williams 2013 Tree City USA Application 500
Grayslake Rhett Taylor 2013 Tree City USA Application 20,906
Greenville David Willey 2013 Tree City USA Application 7,000
Gurnee Kristina Kovarik 2013 Tree City USA Application 31,295
Hanover Park Rodney Craig 2013 Tree City USA Application 37,973
Hazel Crest Verard Alsberry 2013 Tree City USA Application 14,000
Henry Randy Constantine 2013 Tree City USA Application 2,464
Hickory Hills Michael Howley 2013 Tree City USA Application 14,049
Highland Mark Rosen 2013 Tree City USA Application 9,900
Highland Park Nancy Rotering 2013 Tree City USA Application 29,800
Hinsdale Tom Cauley 2013 Tree City USA Application 16,816
Hoffman Estates William McLeod 2013 Tree City USA Application 52,530
Homer Glen Jim Daley 2013 Tree City USA Application 24,220
Homewood Richard Hofeld 2013 Tree City USA Application 19,323
Indian Head Park Richard Andrews 2013 Tree City USA Application 3,809
Inverness John Tatooles 2013 Tree City USA Application 7,399
Itasca Jeffrey Pruyn 2013 Tree City USA Application 8,302
Joliet Thomas Giarrante 2013 Tree City USA Application 147,433
La Grange Tom Livingston 2013 Tree City USA Application 15,600
Lagrange Park James Discipio 2013 Tree City USA Application 13,579
Lake Bluff Kathleen O’Hara 2013 Tree City USA Application 5,700
Lake Forest Donald Schoenheider 2013 Tree City USA Application 19,375
Lake In The Hills Paul Mulcahy 2013 Tree City USA Application 28,965
Lake Zurich Tom Poynton 2013 Tree City USA Application 21,000
Lakewood Erin Smith 2013 Tree City USA Application 3,811
Libertyville Terry Weppler 2013 Tree City USA Application 20,315
Lincoln Keith Snyder 2013 Tree City USA Application 14,504
Lincolnshire Brett Blomberg 2013 Tree City USA Application 7,275
Lincolnwood Gerald Turry 2013 Tree City USA Application 12,500
Lindenhurst Susan Lahr 2013 Tree City USA Application 14,442
Lisle Joseph Broda 2013 Tree City USA Application 22,390
Lombard Keith Giagnorio 2013 Tree City USA Application 43,773
Mackinaw Craig Friend 2013 Tree City USA Application 1,950
Macomb Michael Inman 2013 Tree City USA Application 21,509
Marquette Heights Dana Dearborn 2013 Tree City USA Application 2,824
Marshall Camie Sanders 2013 Tree City USA Application 3,933
Mascoutah Gerald Daugherty 2013 Tree City USA Application 7,500
Matteson Brian Mitchell 2013 Tree City USA Application 19,000
McHenry Susan Low 2013 Tree City USA Application 26,992
Mokena Frank Fleischer 2013 Tree City USA Application 18,740
Moline Scott Raes 2013 Tree City USA Application 43,000
Morton Grove Dan DiMaria 2013 Tree City USA Application 23,270
Mount Prospect Arlene Juracek 2013 Tree City USA Application 54,167
Mount Vernon Mary Jane Chesley 2013 Tree City USA Application 15,277
Mundelein Steve Lentz 2013 Tree City USA Application 32,000
Naperville George Pradel 2013 Tree City USA Application 147,433
New Lenox Timothy Baldermann 2013 Tree City USA Application 24,394
Normal Chris Koos 2013 Tree City USA Application 52,772
North Aurora Dale Berman 2013 Tree City USA Application 6,760
North Barrington Albert Pino 2013 Tree City USA Application 3,047
Northbrook Sandra Frum 2013 Tree City USA Application 33,170
Northfield Fred Gougler 2013 Tree City USA Application 5,420
Oak Lawn Sandra Bury, Dr. 2013 Tree City USA Application 56,690
Oak Park Anan Abu-Teleb 2013 Tree City USA Application 53,000
O’Fallon Gary Graham 2013 Tree City USA Application 29,193
Olympia Fields Debbie Meyers-Martin 2013 Tree City USA Application 4,988
Orland Hills John Daly 2013 Tree City USA Application 7,149
Orland Park Daniel McLaughlin 2013 Tree City USA Application 59,400
Oswego Brian LeClercq 2013 Tree City USA Application 30,355
Ottawa Robert Eschbach 2013 Tree City USA Application 18,563
Palatine Jim Schwantz 2013 Tree City USA Application 68,557
Palos Heights Robert Straz 2013 Tree City USA Application 12,960
Palos Hills Gerald Bennett 2013 Tree City USA Application 17,428
Palos Park John Mahoney 2013 Tree City USA Application 4,847
Park Ridge David Schmidt 2013 Tree City USA Application 37,480
Paxton J. William Ingold 2013 Tree City USA Application 4,473
Petersburg John Stiltz 2013 Tree City USA Application 2,300
Pittsfield John Hayden 2013 Tree City USA Application 4,558
Plainfield Mike Collins 2013 Tree City USA Application 39,581
Pontiac Robert Russell 2013 Tree City USA Application 12,000
Princeton Keith Cain 2013 Tree City USA Application 7,660
Prospect Heights Nick Helmer 2013 Tree City USA Application 16,000
Quincy Kyle Moore 2013 Tree City USA Application 40,633
Rantoul Charles Smith 2013 Tree City USA Application 12,941
River Forest Cathy Aducci 2013 Tree City USA Application 11,635
River Grove Marilynn May 2013 Tree City USA Application 10,227
Riverdale Lawrence Jackson 2013 Tree City USA Application 13,549
Riverside Peter Scalera 2013 Tree City USA Application 8,875
Riverwoods John Norris 2013 Tree City USA Application 3,660
Rock Island Dennis Pauley 2013 Tree City USA Application 39,681
Rockford Lawrence Morrisey 2013 Tree City USA Application 152,030
Rolling Meadows Tom Rooney 2013 Tree City USA Application 23,000
Roselle Gayle Smolinski 2013 Tree City USA Application 22,984
Savoy Robert McCleary 2013 Tree City USA Application 7,400
Scott AFB Keith Brumley 2013 Tree City USA Application 7,735
Shorewood Richard Chapman 2013 Tree City USA Application 16,500
Skokie George Van Dusen 2013 Tree City USA Application 64,784
Sleepy Hollow Stephen Pickett 2013 Tree City USA Application 3,304
South Elgin Steven Ward 2013 Tree City USA Application 22,300
South Holland Don DeGraff 2013 Tree City USA Application 22,000
Springfield J. Michael Houston 2013 Tree City USA Application 117,000
St Charles Raymond Rogina 2013 Tree City USA Application 32,000
Steward James Bratko 2013 Tree City USA Application 256
Stockton Rodney Brandt 2013 Tree City USA Application 1,862
Streamwood Billie Roth 2013 Tree City USA Application 39,858
Sugar Grove P. Sean Michels 2013 Tree City USA Application 8,997
Taylorville Greg Brotherton 2013 Tree City USA Application 11,500
Tower Lakes Kathleen Leitner 2013 Tree City USA Application 1,330
Urbana Laurel Lunt Prussing 2013 Tree City USA Application 41,299
Vernon Hills Roger Byrne 2013 Tree City USA Application 25,113
Village of Villa Park Deborah Bullwinkel 2013 Tree City USA Application 22,279
Wauconda Brad Fink 2013 Tree City USA Application 13,603
Wayne Eileen Phipps 2013 Tree City USA Application 2,431
Western Springs Patrick Higgins 2013 Tree City USA Application 12,975
Westmont Ron Gunter 2013 Tree City USA Application 24,898
Wheaton Michael Gresk 2013 Tree City USA Application 52,894
Wheeling Dean Argiris 2013 Tree City USA Application 37,648
Wilmette Bob Bielinski 2013 Tree City USA Application 27,087
Winfield Curt Barrett 2013 Tree City USA Application 9,412
Winnetka Rob Bahan 2013 Tree City USA Application 12,419
Wood Dale Nunzio Pulice 2013 Tree City USA Application 13,770
Woodridge Gina Cunningham 2013 Tree City USA Application 32,971

 

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3 responses to “CORRECTION: 11 Kane County Communities Named ‘Tree City USA’

  1. Greetings Rick,

    I’m enjoying your blog & feeling like I’m “in the loop” on Kane County happenings. Being up at the far northern end of the county, it is easy to feel disconnected.

    What prompted me to write is to let you know that you missed my home town of Carpentersville in the list of Tree Cities in Kane County. I’m sure they’d love a “shout out” ☺

    Cheers,

    Roxane

    Roxane E. Bennett, Director
    Fox River Valley Public Library District
    555 Barrington Ave., East Dundee, IL 60118
    847-428-3661 main
    224-699-5829 direct
    http://www.frvpld.info

    PLEASE NOTE: Pursuant to Illinois State Law, E-mail communication to and from this address may be subject to public disclosure.

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