by Martha Quetsch
ELBURNâ€”The village of Elburn recently qualified again as a Tree City USA. To be eligible for this national honor, which Elburn has received for the past 11 years, the village hosts an annual Arbor Day Celebration, but that is not the only reason for this community event.
â€œWe have a responsibility as stewards of God’s creation to recognize the importance of trees and to share that importance with our children,â€ Trustee Ken Anderson said.
Anderson said the celebration brings recognition to the value of trees and the role they play in our lives.
â€œThey purify our air by removing CO2 and creating oxygen. They supply shade and reduce energy needs. They give us aesthetically pleasing views in our yards and parks,â€ said Anderson, who is a special projects manager with the Kane County Department of Environmental Management.
Anderson said trees also protect the soil and put nutrients back into it, and they enhance property values via the landscape.
After the Arbor Day Celebration Saturday morning at Liberty Park, Anderson will give a presentation on prairie and wetland plants at Prairie Park for village officials and the public. Prairie Park is located on East North Street in Elburn.
Anderson said his presentation will focus on the importance of prairie and wetland plants and how best to manage and maintain these natural systems.