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Why That Tree?

The YSTC selects tree kind and locations based on a variety of criteria. For tribute trees, we work closely with the donor(s) to meet their wishes. However, we do have to consider specific guidelines we have learned to use: - For Mills Lawn school only native (indigenous) trees are planted. This is due to the site's historic quality and for educational purposes.

At the high school grounds we consider a wider variety of trees for educational purposes. The main limiting factor at this location is the wide open areas subjecting newly planted trees to severe winter winds.

Along the bike trail many factors determine tree selection. One is the use of trees that complement the adjacent property in Glen Helen. In many areas overhead utility wires impose an height limit. Soil along the path is far from natural and this means selecting only truly hardy types. We also try to avoid thorn trees or ones bearing mess-making fruit or nuts which might trip up a bike rider or roller blade user.

The Women's park along the bike trail right-of-way was landscaped using native grasses and sun loving perennial flowers. We avoid planting trees near this area where they might be detrimental to park plantings or design.

 - The YSTC is continually expanding the groves of trees within Ellis Park. There are now five distinct groves of oaks, maples, nut trees, ash and white pine. Besides the groves in the pond area we have been planting a diverse selection in the South of Ellis Park. This area, now called the Lloyd Kennedy Arboretum, contains many rare native and locally successful trees. This living museum is an educational resource and plantings receive consideration for their overall "fit" to the objectives of the Arboretum.

 - On Village streets, replacement trees are often selected to reflect nearby existing trees which are typically a variety of maple or ash. Where overhead utility lines exist we use shorter ornamental trees. In all cases of residential street planting we work with the adjacent homeowner to determine final location and tree kind. Within parks and along streets the Village has final review of locations and tree kinds.

 - Finally, with all the above criteria taken into account, the availability of a particular tree can affect selection. Trees we would like to use may not be available through local growers. This can mean trying to obtain a tree from distant sources which adds substantially to cost. We try to avoid this whenever possible. The YSTC would like to plant each tree in a location where it will thrive and bring pleasure to those who benefit from its placement and selection. R. B.