This study includes all the trees in the village’s parkways.
At last week’s Village Board meeting, Matthew Supert, the village’s municipal services director, pinpointed the largest tree in the inventory – an elm in the 4500 block of Wolf Road.
It is between two driveways in the village right-of-way. It is listed as 150 years old, 50 feet high and having a trunk diameter of 69 inches.
Under village code, older and larger trees such as the Elm are protected as “legacy trees.” Under village code, such a tree cannot be removed, as long as it is in good health.
The village owns nearly 8,000 trees. A total of 72 are designated as 100 years or older.
“Large and old trees are important features within forested ecosystems serving a variety of structural and functional roles,” village records state. “The loss of such a tree would represent a significant detrimental impact to the character or nature of the surrounding neighborhood and area.”