The Johnston City Tree Board keeps the community looking beautiful by regulating the development of tree planting and tree sales.
The Johnston Tree Board was established 18 years ago to assist in community improvement and knowledge of city members about what trees can be planted. It also sets removal guidelines for trees and heads the sale of greenery to residents that can be planted in Johnston.
John Schmitz, Johnston's parks and recreation director, told the Johnston Times that the tree board "attends board meetings, reviews ordinances (that relate to tree care), provide knowledge of tree care for City staff and assist with the residential tree sale."
According to the City of Johnston website, the tree board meets on the fourth Tuesday of every other month.
"Funds are appropriated from general operations and place in the tree account," Schmitz said. "The budget has been fairly stable around $35,000 per year and we also receive funds from Mid American Energy's Trees Grant Program."
"One-hundred-sixty trees are annual sold to residents in Johnston to plant in their own yards, city staff have a strong foundation to make tree related decisions (planting and care) and Johnston was the first central Iowa community (along with Des Moines) to have a full Emerald Ash Borer program approved by city council," Schmitz said.