January 14, 2009

Hidden Barriers to Protecting Neighborhood Trees

CHICAGO — Would you want to live in a neighborhood without any trees? Tree preservation laws are designed to protect neighborhood trees, but hidden barriers and obstacles may prevent such preservation.

Todd Degner, a tree preservation expert, will discuss common barriers to protecting neighborhood trees and how to overcome them at the next Tuesdays at APA forum.


Tuesday, January 13, 2009, 5–6 p.m.


APA's Burnham Conference Center, 122 S. Michigan Ave., Suite 1600


The event is free and open to the public.

Obstacles Degner will address include the lack of a unified vision among municipal departments for tree protection and that many individuals do not understand what a tree looks like underground. Tree care also involves residents, who should be aware of their community's tree care rules.

Degner is the business manager of Tree Preservation and Land Restoration for The Care of Trees, a tree care company that is accredited by the Tree Care Industry Association. Degner's efforts have helped increase tree preservation awareness throughout the Great Lakes region.

This month's event coincides with the release of APA's new report on urban forestry. Planning the Urban Forest examines how communities can implement and maintain tree care programs. The report is available through APA's Planningbooks.com.


Roberta Rewers, APA, 312-786-6395; rrewers@planning.org