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South Lyon looks to create tree replacement fund

The City of South Lyon will host a tree planting ceremony later this month to mark National Arbor Day.

The city’s Department of Public Works will host the event on Friday, April 29th at 1PM at Volunteer Park. According to a Facebook post, an official will read the City of South Lyon’s proclamation to Arbor Day and then a tree sapling will be planted.

This is the 22nd straight year that South Lyon has been recognized as a “Tree City USA” by the National Arbor Day Organization.

Begun in 1976, Tree City USA is one of the Arbor Day Foundation’s oldest programs. Originally comprised of 42 communities in 16 states, today the program includes more than 3,600 communities from all 50 states, Washington D.C., and Puerto Rico.

Meanwhile, South Lyon might be seeing more resources devoted towards its trees. According to City Councilman Alex Hansen, the city budgeted this year to start a fund in the upcoming fiscal year for tree replacement.

Hansen says that in the DPW budget, they have allocated $2 per capita for trees in the City. South Lyon’s current population estimate is 11,746, so that would set aside upwards of $24,000.

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