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July 3, 2013

A shady deal: 200 trees to be added in New Albany through bicentennial project

NEW ALBANY —

Stretching out toward the heavens, trees are deeply rooted in the aesthetic appeal of most any urban landscape. 

A project unveiled Tuesday should add beauty and shade while aiding the environment in New Albany. The Bicentennial Tree Project was launched, and the goal is pretty simple. 

“Two hundred trees for 200 years,” Mayor Jeff Gahan proclaimed during a press conference in Bicentennial Park. 

Ecotech Waste Logistics is the lead corporate sponsor of the effort, and the company has already donated 50 trees for the project, which will entail planting trees around New Albany. 

The city including the New Albany Tree Board is encouraging other businesses to step up and donate funds for trees. 

Tree Board President Adam Dickey said three classifications of trees will be planted based on size and the location where they will be installed. 

The exact locations and species of trees are still being determined, but Dickey added there’s already been some examination of where they will be planted. 

“We already have a commitment from the Uptown Neighborhood Association to partner on [tree locations],” he said. 

The cost to purchase and install the trees is $300, and that includes a one-year warranty on the plants. 

According to the administration, the trees will be planted beginning in late September followed by a celebration in October. 

New Albany’s urban canopy will be upgraded through the project, Gahan said. He credited Ecotech for their commitment, as he said the company is “proving once again they are a great friend to the environment here in New Albany.” 

Its participation in the Bicentennial Tree Project continues Ecotech’s efforts in Southern Indiana to spruce up the landscape. 

“Ecotech has planted more than 250 trees in New Albany in the past year, and we look forward to continuing our sustainability partnership,” Ecotech Vice President Bryan Slade said. 

Krisjans Streips, chief planner for the city and the administration’s liaison on the tree board, said the effort will combine the resources and involvement of businesses, residents and the government. 

“We’re very excited about this project, and we’re very excited to watch the community come together for this project,” he said. 

For information on donating to the project, call the city at 812-948-5333. 

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