TREE BOARD DEEPLY ROOTED: Two decades in area

COLUMBIA CITY — According to the Columbia City Tree Board, it is estimated that a single mature tree can absorb carbon dioxide at a rate of 48 pounds per year and release enough oxygen back into the atmosphere to support two human beings for that time.Trees and shrubs are a very important part of the city, and contribute to the overall quality of life in the community. Leaves filter the air we breathe by removing dust and other particles. Trees can also absorb rainfall, helping to reduce the release of overflow sewage into the rivers during heavy rain.The board meets on the third Tuesday of every month and stresses that something this important needs coordination. It is comprised of community volunteers who are charged with overseeing the urban forest areas in Columbia City.Members of the board are President Ken Lundquist, Vice-President Gloria Banker, Secretary Nadean Lamle, Nick Steill, Candic Yeakle and Janice Daniel, all of whom are appointed and supported by the Mayor and the Columbia City Common Council.In 2012, the board celebrated its 18th consecutive year of earning the “Tree City USA” award.For more information, contact Martha Acres at 248-5111.___For a more in depth look at this story, see the April 6 issue of The Post and Mail. Don't have a subscription? Call (260) 244-5153 or subscribe to our e-edition. For breaking news, sports updates and additional coverage, bookmark the homepage and find us on facebook.