Free Trees for Emerson East Residents

Free trees available to residents in eleven Madison neighborhoods

The Urban Tree Alliance, a nonprofit organization based in Madison, is offering one or two free trees to residents in eleven neighborhoods across Madison. All residents of the Allied Dunn’s Marsh, Berkley Oaks, Bram’s Addition, Burr Oaks, Capitol View, Carpenter-Ridgeway, Eken Park, Emerson East, Hawthorne, Whitetail Ridge, and Worthington Park neighborhoods are eligible to receive up to two free trees.

The goal of the Madison Canopy Project is to plant five hundred trees in underserved and low-canopy neighborhoods within the Madison Urban Area by the spring of 2015.  Our hope is to strengthen the Madison urban forest by increasing species diversity and helping the public learn how to care for trees.

Urban forests provide many benefits to city dwellers. Trees remove air pollutants, lessen home heating and cooling costs, increase property values, provide habitat for wildlife, absorb noise, capture stormwater, and even reduce stress and speed healing in hospital patients. Research has demonstrated that low income urban areas typically have less canopy cover (fewer trees) than high income areas, and Madison is no exception.

With the help of volunteers, the Urban Tree Alliance planted forty-two trees in June, and we will continue to plant additional trees each month through October.

Residents who accept a free tree can plant it themselves, have a group of volunteers led by UTA staff plant the tree for them, or even volunteer to join us in planting trees in their neighborhood.

An important aim of the Madison Canopy Project is to increase the species diversity of Madison’s urban forest. Diversity makes urban forests more resilient and lessens the overall damage caused by diseases and pests such as the emerald ash borer. For this reason, UTA is planting species that are less commonly found in Madison, such as the burr oak, chinquapin oak, musclewood, serviceberry, Illinois pecan, catalpa, and Kentucky coffee tree.

Anyone who lives in one of the eleven neighborhoods we mentioned can request up to two free trees.  Maps of neighborhood boundaries are available on the UTA website at http://www.urbantreealliance.org/resources/madison-canopy-project/.  Residents should also have enough space on their property for a new tree to spread out and fully develop.

To request a tree and get more information about the Madison Canopy Project, please visit our website at http://www.urbantreealliance.org/resources/madison-canopy-project/ or call Patricia Lindquist (Project Coordinator/UTA Associate Director) at 556-5331.  You may also email Patricia with questions: patricia@urbantreealliance.org

This project is supported in part by funding from a Wisconsin DNR Urban Forestry Grant and a donation from Madison Gas and Electric.

EENA Meeting Agenda – July 2, 2014

Although our usual meeting spot is at Bashford Church, please remember that our July meeting is at Dexter’s.  You are welcome to order your dinner during the meeting.   Also, please remember that there is construction on North Street in front of Dexter’s, which may limit your parking options – please plan accordingly!

July 2nd EENA Meeting

Emerson East Neighborhood Association Membership Meeting
Wednesday, July 2nd, 2014, 6:30-8:00pm
Dexter’s Pub
 
AGENDA
·         Greetings and Introductions
·         Agenda Review
·         Approval of May minutes
·         David and/or Jessica LeClair speaks about Carey Ct. residents proposal for street painting
·         Sustainability Task Force Report
·         Treasurer’s Report
·         Report on neighborhood plan
·         EINPC Report
·         Alder’s report
-        Round-up summary of summer activities (how did Yard Sale Day and Make Music Madison go?  Any future summer plans in the works for our neighborhood?)
 
 
Announcements and Adjournment
In order to vote at this meeting, you must have paid your 2014 dues prior to the beginning of the meeting.

Make Music Madison at Emerson Elementary Playground Stage on Sat., June 21

The stage is in the playground behind Emerson Elementary school (address: 2421 E Johnson St.)  Bring the kids and enjoy the playground and the music!

2:00 PM – 3:30 PM
Croaker
(Americana / Bluegrass, Folk, Rock)

3:45 PM – 5:15 PM
The Sigourney Weavers
(Rock)

5:30 PM – 7:00 PM
Ellie and the Jeffs
(Americana / Bluegrass, Indie-Folk, Indie-Rock)

Demetral Berm Planting – Thursday, May 22!

 
Neighbors are planting milkweeds and wildflowers at Demetral Park!
 
The planting will take place on Thursday, May 22 starting at 6 p.m. Meet on top of the berm with gardening clothes and a trowel. Bring friends and any neighbors who might want to join in.

Susan Day and Judy Kingsbury will be there. They’ll be bringing lots of native plants (about 130!) that monarchs will love.

Tuesday, May 27 is our second date, also at 6 p.m., to plant anything that remains. If you have any native wildflowers you want to contribute, feel free to bring them.
 

EENA Memo re. Occupy Madison Tiny Houses: Final Draft

Thank you to all who contributed comments on this memo.  The final draft was submitted to the City of Madison Planning Division on April 19th. The EENA council hopes that these contingencies reflect the reasonable requests of the neighbors within our boundaries, and we hope that Occupy Madison, INC, the City of Madison, and the residents of Emerson East can continue a productive dialog.

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