New Haven and NIPSCO Celebrate Arbor Day with Tree Dedication

Mayor McDonald

In commemoration of National Arbor Day, Northern Indiana Public Service Company (NIPSCO) and New Haven/Adams Township Parks and Recreation Department shared the importance of trees and planting the right tree in the right place. The event was in conjunction with a $3,000 donation from NIPSCO to the City of New Haven for the purchase of trees. Mayor Terry McDonald lead the dedication at Jury Park located at 1702 Glencoe Boulevard in New Haven.

Representatives from the City of New Haven, Tree Line USA®, the New Haven Community Foundation, the New Haven Chamber of Commerce, NIPSCO, New Haven Parks & Recreation and the New Haven Tree Commission planted a tree in memory of Doug Geller. Doug Geller was a long time New Haven resident who passed away in March of 2015. Doug was part of the New Haven EMS as a paramedic on Emergency 45 and was also very active in the “Save Jury Pool” Committee along with a variety of other New Haven organizations. He was also the recipient of the Fritcha Memorial Award in 2015.

“In New Haven, the trees help tell the story of a vibrant community,” said Dana Berkes, NIPSCO Public Affairs Manager. “NIPSCO has been a long-time supporter of enriching the tree canopies of our communities and we’re excited to see the new trees that will be planted in New Haven’s parks and community areas with these funds.” NIPSCO’s Forestry Operations department has been honored by the Arbor Day Foundation as a Tree Line USA® utility. Since 1994, NIPSCO has received the Tree Line USA® award, which recognizes professionalism and environmental stewardship.

Mayor McDonald said, “New Haven was named a Tree City USA in 2012. The Tree City USA program is sponsored by the Arbor Day Foundation, in partnership with the U.S. Forest Service and the National Association of State Foresters. Teaming up with NIPSCO is a great opportunity to celebrate the importance of an urban tree canopy and improve the care of our vital city trees.”

New Haven/Adams Township Parks Director, Mike Clendenen said, “We are excited to receive this generous donation from NIPSCO and partner with them for cleaner air, improved storm water management, energy savings and increased property values and commercial activity are among the benefits enjoyed by Tree City USA communities.”


POSTED: 04/28/16 at 7:41 am. FILED UNDER: News