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Princeton promotes the value of trees

PRINCETON — Once again, the city of Princeton is participating in the Tree City USA program.

At its Dec. 16 meeting, the Princeton City Council passed its annual Comprehensive Tree Care Plan for 2014, making it the 24th consecutive year the city has been designated as a Tree City USA community by the Arbor Day Foundation.

As part of that program, Mayor Keith Cain proclaimed April 26, 2014, as Arbor Day in Princeton, noting that trees help cut heating and cooling costs, clean the air, produce oxygen, and provide habitat for wildlife. Cain urged residents to plant one or more trees this year.

According to Princeton City Clerk Pete Nelson, 25 Princeton citizens planted trees through the 50/50 tree planting program so far during the 2013 year. Applications for this reimbursement program are available at city hall, Nelson said.

The information presented at the council meeting included a list of tree species which are most appropriate for urban settings in the USDA Hardiness Zone 5, which includes Bureau County. There is also information on how to evaluate which tree would work in a certain location, including looking at rooting space, soil texture, soil pH, drainage, exposure, overhead wires, and surrounding buildings.

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