Saturday, April 22, 2000

Putting wood in Norwood

Tree boosters set observance

BY Walt Schaefer
The Cincinnati Enquirer

        NORWOOD — Age, air pollution, development and pruning for power lines have taken a toll on the city's trees.

        And, for a city historically noted for its “north woods” — a la: Norwood — it has become a priority to care for trees.

Sign up Saturday, April 29, between 9 a.m. and 1 p.m at the former PNC Bank branch at Maple Avenue and Montgomery Road; or call David Prues, 531-2002.
Hours: 9 a.m. - noon, each day.
• May 13 — Waterworks Park
• May 20 — Lower Millcrest Park
• May 27 — Dorl Field
• June 3 — Lindner Park
• June 10 — Fenwick Park
• June 17 — Upper Millcrest Park
• June 24 — Victory Park
• July 1 — Burwood Park
• July 8 — Tower Park
• July 15 — North Woods Park
• July 22 — Hunter Park
• July 29 — Marsh Park
        David Prues, a member of the recently-formed Norwood Tree Committee and an outdoors education instructor at the Cincinnati Nature Center in Clermont County, said the city is planning its first Arbor Day celebration April 28 and 29, and other events are being scheduled throughout the year.

        “We are beginning a series of Tree Care Days through spring and summer in which volunteers, in conjunction with the city's tree committee ... work together to maintain the trees in our parks,” Mr. Prues said.

        On April 29, Norwood residents can stop by the former PNC Bank branch across Maple Avenue from City Hall to receive a tree sapling and brochures with information about trees and their importance to the environment. Anyone wishing to volunteer to work any of the planned Tree Care Days may sign up between 9 a.m. and 1 p.m.

        Also, naturalist Andrew Gerhard will lead a nature walk at the Lindner Park and McCullough Nature Preserve off Cypress Way from 3 to 5 p.m.

        On Friday,Cincinnati forester Steve Sanford will be at Norwood View Elementary School at 1 p.m. to a present tree program for the students before a tree planting on the school grounds at Carthage and Hannaford avenues, Mr. Prues said.


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