Shade Tree Commission’s 2019 Arbor Day

Shade trees and urban forestry are vital parts of livable and sustainable communities. Arbor Day is a nationally recognized day for promoting the value of trees. It is celebrated in communities throughout the country, supported by the Arbor Day Foundation – a nonprofit organization dedicated to tree conservation efforts and to inspiring people to plant, nurture, and celebrate trees. The Arbor Day Foundation’s Tree City USA program has been “greening up” cities and towns throughout America since 1976. Lewisburg is proud to be a Tree City USA community and annually meets the four core standards of sound urban forestry management: maintaining a tree board or department, having a community tree ordinance, spending at least $2 per capita on urban forestry and celebrating Arbor Day.

 

Rain or shine, Lewisburg’s 2019 Arbor Day ceremony is scheduled to start at noon near the North 5th & St. Mary Street planting sites with a brief history of Arbor Day. DCNR Service Forester Jeff Osborne will present recognition flags to the Borough of Lewisburg and to Citizens’ Electric Co. for their commitment to the four standards of the Arbor Day Foundation’s Tree City USA and Tree Line USA programs. This is Lewisburg’s 34th year as a Tree City USA community and Citizens’ Electric’s 17th year as a Tree Line USA utility.

 

Refreshments will include arboreally-themed items such as tree tea!

 

As part of the Borough of Lewisburg’s 2019 Arbor Day celebration, and in cooperation with the Lewisburg Borough, the Lewisburg Shade Tree Commission and volunteers planted a Quercus Rubra (Red Oak), several each of Syringa ret. ‘Ivory Silk’ (Tree Lilac), Malus ‘Red Jewel’ (Crabapple) and Prunus sargentii ‘Columnaris’ (Sargent Cherry) along North 5th Street between St. John and St. Anthony Streets in Lewisburg, PA. These are a mix of large and medium-sized trees that showcase the variety of great trees people can choose to meet the need to have shade trees on every property.  The crabapple, tree lilac, and cherry are all delightful in the  spring with showy flowers, while the red oak can reach a majestic 75 feet in height at full maturity. In addition, the red oak is able to cope with poor and compacted soils while still growing up to two feet per year. The location of the newly planted trees will hopefully spur more urban forestry along borough-owned buildings.

 

Mayor Judith Wagner will read the Arbor Day Proclamation that urges all citizens to plant trees to gladden the heart and promote the well-being of this and future generations.  This will be her 15th participation in Arbor Day celebrations! Afterward, local tree experts, Bucknell Biology Professor Mark Spiro and landscape gardener Brian Gockley, both Lewisburg Shade Tree Commissioners, will lead a guided tour walk which will explore the diversity of tree species in the Borough. Gockley brings an affable enthusiasm to tree lore as well as years of experience as a shade tree commissioner.  Jordi Comas, fellow shade tree commissioner describes him as “a planter of tall trees and teller of taller tales.”  Spiro, also an experienced commissioner, is a professor of biology at Bucknell University where he specializes in plant biology.  He was instrumental in Bucknell’s “Campus Arboretum” program which includes a stellar walking tour of 73 species of trees on the campus.  The Bucknell Arboretum Walking Tour is also online.

 

All are welcome to attend the ceremony and join the guided tree walk. Wear comfortable walking shoes!

 

Contact:

Jordi Comas

Lewisburg Borough Councilmember, 2nd ward

Lewisburg Shade Tree Commission

570-238-4356

jordi@jordicomas.org

Or

Barbara Kalin,

Lewisburg Shade Tree Commission Chair,

(570) 523.3000

lewisburgshadetree@gmail.com

 

Special Meeting to discuss Floodplain Mapping Changes on May 2, 2019

Lewisburg Borough will hold a special meeting in Council Chambers, 55 South Fifth Street, Lewisburg, on Thursday, May 2, 2019 at 6:30 PM to discuss proposed floodplain mapping changes located generally in the area between US Route 15 and North 15th Street. Engineers from Mid-Penn Engineering will be present to answer questions from property owners. Anyone requiring special assistance may call the Borough Office at 570-523-3614 to make necessary arrangements.

Borough Office Parking Lot Closed Wednesday, April 24, 2019

The Lewisburg Borough Office Parking Lot will be closed on Wednesday, April 24, 2019, for construction related activities. Residents and visitors needing to conduct business at the Borough Office on Wednesday should plan to park in the Hufnagle Parking Lot.

Additional Branch/Limb Pick Up

Due to the large number of fallen tree branches resulting of the storm on Sunday night, the Lewisburg Borough Public Works crew will undertake a round of branch/limb pick-up from Wednesday, April 17th – Tuesday, April 23rd, 2019.  Fallen branch pick-up will occur on your normal street cleaning day.  Borough residents should place fallen tree limbs along the curb line in front of their house no later than 6:00 am on their designated street cleaning day.  Residents are reminded that we will not take branches larger than 4 inches in diameter and we will not collect tree trunks and tree root balls.  Lewisburg Borough residents are also welcome to haul their branches to the brush pile at Wolfe Field on Wednesdays from 8:00 am – 4:00 pm and on Saturdays from 8:00 am to noon.  Please remember to bring proper identification.

Community Development/Planning Committee Meeting Cancelled

The Community Development/Planning Committee Meeting scheduled for Thursday, April 11th at 5 PM has been cancelled.

Human Relations Ordinance discussion

Lewisburg Borough Council plans to discuss the Human Relations Ordinance at their April 9th Work Session to be held at 6:30 pm in Council Chambers at the Borough Office, 55 South Fifth Street, Lewisburg PA 17837.  At the links below, please find an updated draft version of the proposed ordinance and Questions/Answers from the Special Community Development-Planning Committee meeting held in late 2018 where this topic was previously discussed.

Lewisburg Human Relations Ordinance DRAFT April 2019

HRO FAQ for Borough 2019