Bicentennial Bond Tree Planting Project: Enhancing Bloomington’s Green Canopy

Welcome to the world of trees! At Tips Tree Planting, we are passionate about gardening and have years of experience cultivating lush green spaces. Today, we are thrilled to share an exciting project that is transforming the landscape of Bloomington, Indiana – the Bicentennial Bond Tree Planting Project.

History of the Bicentennial Tree Planting Project

In 2018, Bloomington Mayor John Hamilton unveiled a visionary initiative – the Bicentennial bond projects – aimed at shaping the city’s future. One of the key focuses of this project was investing $800,000 in planting trees along streets and public rights-of-way across Bloomington. The potential planting sites were identified by the renowned Davey Resource Group in 2019, as part of a comprehensive city-wide inventory of street trees.

What Areas Have Been Targeted for Tree Plantings, and Why

We believe in equal access to nature’s beauty, and that’s why the initial phase of the Bicentennial Tree Planting Project focuses on areas with both environmental and socio-economic considerations. Urban forests in the United States often suffer from unequal distribution, with affluent neighborhoods enjoying a higher tree canopy and predominantly white populations. In order to bridge these gaps, the project prioritizes locations that need more green cover.

Here are the four project areas identified for tree plantings:

  • Project Area 1: Green Acres
  • Project Area 2: Hoosier Acres, St. James Woods
  • Project Area 3: Crescent Bend, Crestmont, Maple Heights, Near West Side, Pigeon Hill, Prospect Hill, Trail View, Waterman, 6th & Ritter
  • Project Area 4: Barclay Gardens, Broadview, Evergreen Village, Moss Creek, Pinestone, Rockport Hills, Southern Pines, Timber Ridge, Walnut Creek Winslow Farms

Tree Planting Project Timeline

We are thrilled to share the timeline of this remarkable project:

  • Winter 2021: Evaluation of tree planting sites by Davey Resource Group.
  • January 2022: Request for quotes from potential tree planting contractors.
  • February 2022: Community feedback and information meetings to finalize tree planting contracts.
  • February 22, 2022: Presentation of planting project contract to the Board of Park Commissioners.
  • February 28, 2022: Deadline for feedback from adjacent property owners.
  • April/May 2022: Spring tree planting begins.
  • October/November 2022: Fall tree planting begins.
  • November 2022: 6-month post-planting visits for spring-planted trees.
  • April 2023: 6-month post-planting visits for fall-planted trees.
  • November 2023: 18-month post-planting visits for fall-planted trees.
  • April 2024: 18-month post-planting visits for fall-planted trees.

With each step, we are nurturing Bloomington’s green canopy and creating a sustainable future for generations to come.

Bicentennial Bond Tree Planting Project: Enhancing Bloomington’s Green Canopy

At Tips Tree Planting, we are proud to support projects like the Bicentennial Bond Tree Planting Project that prioritize environmental equity and enhance the quality of life in our communities. To learn more about our gardening tips and explore a world of green possibilities, visit Tips Tree Planting.

Let’s grow a greener world together!