Fall planting cycle adds 18 trees in Clinton

Photos courtesy of Clinton Tree Commission — A Crimson Sunset maple tree was recently planted at 515 South Center Street, home of Nan and Mike Crang, by Jason Reynolds, left, as Clinton Tree Commission chairman John Baker visited the site.

CLINTON — Boulevard areas along Clinton streets have the added shade and beauty of 18 new trees following the fall planting cycle, according to the city’s Tree Commission.

“We are very pleased with the progress made over the past several weeks to replace trees along city streets,” said John Baker, chairman of the Clinton Tree Commission.

Each year, the boulevard areas lose trees to age, disease (like emerald ash borer), storm damage and construction, such as the Center Street Project . For more than 20 years, the city has averaged 20 new trees planted. For various reasons, no trees were planted on boulevards in 2020 and 2021.

The new trees were recently planted on North and South Center Street, along with three on Portland Place, one on North Jackson Street and one on South George Street.

The 18 new trees were purchased by the city from Jason Reynolds, a local landscaping contractor, who also planted the selection of trees on city boulevards.

Local monetary donations towards the purchase of trees helped with the fall planting campaign, said Baker. Jim Redding, Nan and Mike Crang, Helen and Steve Michelassi and John Baker were the initial participants in a new program being developed to provide support for the boulevard tree program.

• See the complete story in the Friday, Dec. 9 print edition of the Clinton Journal or now in the Journal E-Edition for subscribers.

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