The health of trees in the City of Fairbury’s parks is an ongoing focus for the Public Works Department, which provided the annual Compressive Municipal Tree Plan to the city council at a meeting on Tuesday, as required by Ordinance §93.090 section (A) (1) of the Fairbury City Ordinances.
With the help of the Nebraska Forest Service, the state-wide arboretum, community volunteers, utility departments and the Fairbury Tree Board, the Fairbury Public Works Department has continued to care for all of the city’s trees in accordance with the 2014 street tree plan and 2017 parks tree plan provided by the Nebraska Forest Service. Additionally, the city was able to complete an Arbor Day planting and remains an active Tree City USA member.
As is the Public Works Department’s standard procedure dead or dangerous trees will be removed and we will continue to prune as directed in the Nebraska Forest Service recommendations. It was noted in the 2017 report and 2020 arboretum review that this park has a good diversity of tree stock and a high number of trees. However, a high number of dense trees can restrict air flow and increase the potential for the spread of disease. For that reason, the parks department continues to thin and remove trees in this park as needed.
Along with regular maintenance, parks staff are continuing to work on upgrading and expanding the tree species identification in the Fairbury City Park arboretum. Additionally, the city is continuing its phased removal of the older pine trees and brush located in and behind the Cloverleaf Softball Complex and replacing them with hardwood shade trees and evergreens intended to provide shade and a windbreak for the north softball fields. The city finalized the first phase of this 2021 TNT (Trees for Nebraska Towns) grant and proposes to continue with its brush removal and tree replacement as weather and schedules allow.
Crystal Springs Park
This park is also managed by the Fairbury Public Works Department and as is their practice in all of the city parks they maintain the existing tree stock by removing dead and dangerous trees along with completing the recommended pruning and maintaining wildlife deterrent measures for the young tree stock as necessary.