Dear Editor:

Mount Carroll's Arbor Day Palooza (Friday, Oct. 16) event planning is going well. We are halfway to our goal of raising $5,000 in donations to the city's Tree Replacement Fund.

A donation to this fund will help buy our community a replacement tree for one taken down due to the ash borer, disease, or weather. It will also get a matching donation to the Mount Carroll Community Foundation.

In addition, we also submitted an application to Trees Forever, requesting a $2,000 tree replacement grant and expect to learn the results of that request by the end of the month.

A group of volunteers will identify tree replacement locations and species of trees to be planted at those designated locations They will also prepare written instructions for homeowners who choose to assist the city with care and maintenance of a newly planted tree in front of their house.

As Mount Carroll has been a designated Tree City for 26 years, the group, wanting to maintain this status, named themselves the "(Re-) Tree (our) City Group. The group members have incredible credentials — Master Gardener, Master Naturalist, Illinois Tree Farmers of The Year, and an Illinois District Forester, to name a few.

We are working with a nursery that will provide the replacement trees to the city. Due to our replanting initiatives, they are offering to provide free planting to Mount Carroll homeowners who purchase trees from them for planting on their property. Trees will be delivered and planted in conjunction with the city trees and guaranteed for a year.

In summary, please keep donations coming for the city's Tree Replacement Fund. Send to: City Hall, Tree Replacement Fund, 302 N. Main St., Mount Carroll, IL 61053. Help us reach our $5,000 goal.

If you would like a tree planted on the right-of-way in front of your house, or if you want more info on the free planting offered by the nursery, please email me at mtc.ward3alderman.a@gmail.com.

Ald. Mike Risko

Mount Carroll