Green Spaces & Trees
The Green Spaces and Trees Committee is concerned with fostering a sustainable and interconnected network of public and private (both residential and commercial) green spaces. A subgroup is specifically focused on increasing Ellsworth's tree canopy and developing an urban forestry program to plan and maintain the trees we plant.
Our Vision, Mission and Goals
Both the citizens and visitors to Ellsworth will have access to a network of public and private green spaces and corridors, a diversity of formally designed parks, tree-lined and landscaped streets and less formally maintained green spaces. This green infrastructure will serve all neighborhoods and citizens with social, cultural, economic and health benefits while also providing environmental services through the retention of stormwater and increasing the diversity of native plants, wildlife habitats, and way-stations free of harmful herbicides and pesticides.
The Green Spaces Committee will implement an action plan for enhancing the functionality, attractiveness and maintenance of Ellsworth's public and private green spaces. This includes returning a tree-lined canopy to Ellsworth's major streets and an urban forestry plan to protect established heirloom trees and care for new plantings. Implementing these action plans will involve a partnership including City government, local non-profits and businesses as well as citizen donors and volunteers drawn from the extended community.
The City of Ellsworth shifted its lawn maintenance contract to an organic company in May 2017.
Develop and maintain an inventory with related GIS map of public green spaces used formally or informally as parks and undertake regular surveys of these spaces to monitor maintenance requirements and enhancement opportunities.
Survey and map opportunities for planting street trees and create a phased and systematic plan for plantings along our streets and elsewhere in the City.
Develop and regularly update recommended plant lists for specific types of plants (trees, vines, perennials, annuals, etc.), for types of properties (residential, commercial and public), and for a wide variety of habitats (sun/shade, wet/dry, roadway, or foundation plantings, etc.)
Develop a low-care, bio-diverse demonstration landscape of native and other pollinator plantings to help educate people and promote this type of landscaping throughout Ellsworth's public and private green spaces.