Forestry Section Intensifies Efforts to Water Trees Amidst Drought Conditions

The City of Lake Forest's Forestry Section is committed to the preservation and well-being of our City's trees and plant material. In response to the recent drought conditions and the lack of rainfall, the Forestry staff will be intensifying their focus on watering initiatives to sustain the health and vitality of our urban forest. Thank you for your patience and understanding as the Forestry Section directs its efforts toward this crucial endeavor.

The City has experienced an extended period of below-average precipitation, leading to increased stress on our trees and plant life. The Forestry Section recognizes the vital role that trees play in our community, providing shade, improving air quality, reducing soil erosion, and enhancing the overall aesthetic appeal of our community.

To mitigate the potential impact of the dry spell on our urban forest, the Forestry staff will be implementing a comprehensive watering program. This program includes increased watering schedules, prioritizing high-risk areas, and utilizing advanced irrigation techniques to optimize water usage. The dedicated Forestry team will be working diligently to ensure that trees and plant material receive the necessary hydration for their sustained health.

While the Forestry Section focuses primarily on watering efforts during this critical period, the City kindly requests residents' understanding and patience with regard to other forestry needs. As the limited resources and staff are dedicated to preserving our urban forest, routine maintenance tasks and non-essential forestry services may experience temporary delays. Every effort will be made to address these matters promptly once the immediate watering requirements have been met.

The City encourages residents to support the conservation of our valuable urban forest during this challenging period. Here are some ways you can help:

  1. Practice water conservation: Limit water usage in other areas, such as lawns and gardens, to ensure an adequate water supply for our trees.
  2. Report tree issues: If you notice any signs of distress or damage to trees in public areas, please report them promptly to the Forestry Section using the "Report a Problem" feature in the Lake Forest Now Mobile App.
  3. Tree care: If you have trees on your property, make sure to provide them with adequate watering during dry periods. Follow watering guidelines provided by the City or consult with a certified arborist for assistance.
  4. Mulching: Apply a layer of organic mulch around the base of trees to help retain soil moisture and regulate soil temperature.

The City of Lake Forest is dedicated to maintaining a resilient urban forest that enhances our quality of life. By working together, we can ensure the continued health and vitality of our trees, even in challenging environmental conditions.

If you have any questions, please contact City Forester Corey Wierema at (847) 810-3564.

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