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Celebrate Arbor Day

Sergey Borisov
Davey Tree Expert Company

Friday is Arbor Day, and even though most of us hardly notice each year, we should. That's according to Robert Spartz, a certified arborist, and District Manager for Davey Tree Expert Company.

He says trees help clean the air we breathe, and do a whole lot more.

"Obviously the main thing for a lot of people is shade, also beauty, also water filtration, and holding ground or soil that could sluff off in rain, holding that together. "

And he worries that so many people hire him to remove trees from their properties, often because they're the source of too many leaves or acorns, that people think are a nuisance to clean up.

"A lot of the removal requests that I get don't really have good reasoning behind needing to have it removed. It's not like the tree is rotting or decaying, or has a high potential to fail, it's just removal because they don't want to deal with it anymore."

He tries to convince customers that removal may not be necessary, or at least to let him plant another in its place.

And each year, Spartz and his family celebrate Arbor Day by planting a tree in their yard.

A native of Detroit, Herb Trix began his radio career as a country-western disc jockey in Roswell, New Mexico (“KRSY, your superkicker in the Pecos Valley”), in 1978. After a stint at an oldies station in Topeka, Kansas (imagine getting paid to play “Louie Louie” and “Great Balls of Fire”), he wormed his way into news, first in Topeka, and then in Freeport Illinois. While a graduate student in the Public Affairs Reporting Program at the University of Illinois at Springfield (then known as Sangamon State University), he got his first taste of public radio, covering Illinois state government for WUIS. Here in the Quad Cities, Herb worked for WHBF Radio before coming to WVIK in 1987. Herb also produces the weekly public affairs feature Midwest Week – covering the news behind the news by interviewing reporters about the stories they cover.