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"I Know Trees Help"

trees along a city street in Davenport
Davenport Public Works
trees along a city street in Davenport

Hoping to make up for some of the damage cause by last summer's derecho, Davenport is working with a local organization to plant more trees. The city lost well over 1,000 during the extreme windstorm in August.

City Arborist John Vance says Greenway Habitat will spend 8,000 dollars for trees to be planted on 38 private properties. His job will be buying the young trees and working with homeowners.

"It'll be a lot of windshield time, so we'll have to drive around and look at the property, speak with the homeowner, see where they want the tree, and then we'll offer suggestions of several different species that would be appropriate for that site."

Species include elms, oaks, maples, river birches, and red buds.

Vance says because of the derecho, emerald ash borer, and record cold two years ago, "our urban forest in in decline, and needs a little boost."

"Aesthetically pleasing, cooling effects, there's a lot studies that show that it does actually calm people, calming areas. Let's get rid of some of the heat islands - things are burning up, whether you want to call it global warming or climate change it doesn't matter to me, I know trees help."

Greenway Habitat has helped plant thousands of trees in the Quad Cities, and helped Davenport continue its long designation, for at least 40 years, as a Tree City USA.

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.