Orland Park Joins Water Reclamation District's "Restore the Canopy" Effort

Orland Park Joins Water Reclamation District's "Restore the Canopy" Effort
Posted on 05/25/2018

The Village of Orland Park has joined the Metropolitan Water Reclamation District of Greater Chicago's "Restore the Canopy" effort.

The district's program encourages Cook County residents to help restore the depleted tree canopy with a large number of trees having been destroyed by the Emerald Ash Borer and severe weather.

"This is a great opportunity for Orland Park residents to help build up the tree population in the community," said Trustee Dan Calandriello, chair of the village's Recreation and Parks Committee. "Thank you to the water reclamation district and to our parks department for making this program available."

The village's Parks Department has 200 free Swamp White Oak saplings available for village residents on a first come first serve basis.

"We're very excited to be a part of this program," said Parks and Building Maintenance Director Gary Couch. "We look forward to seeing new trees planted all over Orland Park and our department is doing everything we can to help restore the tree canopy in the village."

The Swamp White Oak chosen by Orland Park works well in residential and park areas, in parkways but not under utility lines. It is considered a large tree that can grow to 50 to 60 feet with a spread of around being the same. It is a round vining tree that grows 18 inches per year, requires full sun and is considered a spring or fall tree.

The Parks Department has 200 potted saplings available for the first 200 residents. Those interested and willing to plant the sapling on their Orland Park property are invited to call the department at 708/403-6219 to arrange for pick up.

Residents planting the saplings are reminded to remove any vegetation from the area that will compete with the tree seedling. Choose a location that receives partial to full sunlight and has well drained soil. Loosen grass or weeds and remove them from the area. Water the sapling as needed to supplement rain and to keep the soil moist. Periodically remove weeds or grass that try to compete with the sapling.

"Orland Park lost a lot of beautiful trees to the Emerald Ash Borer and we're glad to do all that we can to plant as many trees as possible," Calandriello said. "We have proudly been a Tree City USA community dating back to the 80s and are pleased to be a part of this water reclamation district program that will bring trees back to Orland Park."