Michigan City Forestry
In 2016 the Chicago Region Trees Initiative conducted a regional canopy study and found Michigan City’s tree canopy had declined to 23%.
The Forestry Department is planting trees in neighborhoods across the city to reverse this trend so our communities can experience the many benefits of trees and a healthy urban canopy.
Additionally, a GIS based tree survey for all city right-of-ways will be conducted this spring to help us identify more plantable spaces.
Meet Your New Neighbors
In the Spring of 2020, Michigan City Forestry will be planting 200 hundred new trees from the following native species. Look out for the trees and they will take care of you too.
Make Them Feel at Home
Here are some things you can do to help them settle in
Make sure the root flare is always visible
Report broken branches, damage, or other concerns immediately
Keep string trimmers and mowers away from the trunk
Small scratches will cause rot and eventual death
Adopt a Tree
If you would like to help out even more, you can adopt a tree. For more information and a tree care contract, contact the City Forester, Jessica Arnett.
- Watering the tree 20-25 gallons each week (one long, deep soaking)
- Maintain a “donut” of mulch extending to the drip line of the tree
- Gently pull any weeds around tree by hand to protect the trunk
Please feel free to contact the City Forester with any questions, concerns, or to adopt your tree!