By Kelley Waterfall
The Mason Times
Citizens can help make the city of Mason greener while creating a memory by buying a tree as part of the city’s Tree Legacy Program.
The program was started by the Mason 150th anniversary committee and allows citizens to buy a tree and choose where they want to plant it in the city, explains Mary Grace, assistant to the city manager. “Mason wants to celebrate 150 years by asking people to buy trees to adds to the city” says Grace.
Marty Colburn, the city administrator of Mason, says the public can buy the trees in honor of a person, as a legacy, or even just as a family tree. The trees will be put online as well with information including the type of tree, who it is in honor of, and where it was planted including GPS coordinates. “This way family members maybe 10 years down the line can find their family tree,” said Colburn.
Grace said the $150 includes the tree, professional planting, soil preparation, watering, mulch and upkeep of the tree. “Citizens can also choose between five or six varieties of trees” said Grace.
Location choices include along streets, public rights of way, parks and at the library. The goal of the program is to make the city greener and provide the citizens with something they will want to invest in that will have a lasting impact on their city.
Twenty-eight trees have been sold thus far and the city is hoping to reach 150 to go along with the 150th anniversary.
“We’re hoping we will get great participation from the community to honor the city because Mason is worth loving” says Colburn.
Plating will begin in April if the ground is ready. Citizens can pick up a form to purchase a tree at City Hall or online at www.mason.mi.us