Contact Information

Andy Smolen

Sustainability, Forestry, Parkways and Facilities Director Village of Franklin Park

Office - 847-671-8267



Ramona Michael, Commission Chair

Joan Ambo, Commission Co-chair

Jennifer Costa, Secretary

Sylvia Noth, Member

Les Grahn, Member



Village of Franklin Park Tree counter to date:
Trees planted : 189
Trees lost : 64


Franklin Park Arboretum Dedication 2022


Did you know about the John Mazur Arboretum in Franklin Park? Click Here.

What is an Arboretum?
An arboretum is a botanical garden specializing in trees or woody plants.


Chicago Region Tree Initiative

Homeowner Hub


Are you interested in becoming a TreeKeeper?

TreeKeepers® Certification and Program

Learn about caring for your trees with the Tree Owners Manual from the USDA: Tree Owners Manual





Tree Conservation


The Tree Preservation Commission of the Village of Franklin Park is a group of volunteer residents whose mission is promoting the many benefits trees provide our community and planet through education, events, and programs.


Franklin Park is a Bee City USA

The Village of Franklin Park has been certified as a Bee City USA affiliate, joining other cities in working to improve the environment for pollinators.

Research has shown that up to 40% of pollinator species on earth are at risk of extinction because of habitat loss, pesticide use, and climate disruption. The Village recognizes the importance of sustaining pollinators and is working to make Franklin Park more pollinator friendly.

More Info:Franklin_Park_Becomes_An_Affiliate_of_Bee_City_USA



Read the summary below to learn about why we need trees, which trees are most beneficial, and more!
How can trees benefit our community?
1. Save energy by reducing surface temperatures and shading buildings.
2. Store carbon dioxide and remove pollutants from the air.
3. Intercept stormwater and help reduce flooding.
4. Increase property values and make our communities more pleasant.
5. Improve health.
Chicago Region Tree Initiative Frankin Park Urban Forestry Summary




The Village of Franklin Park has been recognized as a Tree City for 11 years.
The Tree City USA program was founded in 1976 to celebrate towns and cities committed to growing their urban canopy. Led by the Arbor Day Foundation, with partners at USDA Forest Service and National Association of State Foresters, it provides the foundational framework necessary for communities to manage and expand their tree cover.

How can a tree benefit my home?

Using this calculator, type in your tree name and size and the results will estimate overall benefits in these categories:
Stormwater mitigation
Increased property value
Energy conservation
Air quality
Carbon dioxide (CO2) reduction

Read about more tree benefits here:

Are you passionate about trees and considering a future dedicated to their care and management?
The TREE Fund provides scholarships for undergraduates pursuing careers in arboriculture, urban forestry, and associated fields.
Click the link to the tree fund website for more information:

Spanish Tree Worker Training – Climbing, Rigging, Felling, & Aerial Rescue

All classes will be taught in Spanish.






'Your trees and landscapes require care year round, and The Davey Tree Expert Company is here to help. Join our professional arborists and host Doug Oster every Thursday to learn all about caring for your trees and yards. We'll talk about introduced pests, seasonal tree care, deer damage, how to make your trees thrive and everything in between. So, what are you waiting for? Your trees need you!'

Podcast: 'Talking Trees Podcast!', from The Davey Tree Expert Company 'Learn all about gardening in Illinois! The Illinois Extension Horticulture Youtube channel is home to the Four Seasons Gardening Series, Good Growing, and gardening how-to videos. Four Seasons is a seasonal series of gardening topics offered virtually throughout the state of Illinois. Members of the University of Illinois Extension Horticulture Team collaborate to offer a variety of expertise to this series. Each session is recorded live and then uploaded here in order to offer this program to others. Please be aware that the recommendations in this series are specific to Illinois and may not apply to other gardening zones.

Good Growing is a weekly video podcast hosted by horticulture educators Chris Enroth and Ken Johnson. Each week the duo tackles gardening topics, answers viewer questions, or interviews experts in the horticultural field.' Ep. 145 Preparing newly planted trees for success and periodical cicadas | #GoodGrowing




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Have you seen the Rain Gardens in Franklin Park?



Common Tree Diseases in Illinois /factsheet_on_deciduous_disease_of_il.pdf

Information about invasive trees/shrubs from Morton Arboretum: Examples of invasive tendencies such as boxelder.

Invasive Species Alternatives


Latest News:





(Spotted lanternfly - Photo by Stephen Ausmus, USDA Agricultural Research Service)

The spotted lanternfly (Lycorma delicatula) is an invasive plant hopper from China that was first detected in North America in 2014. Juvenile spotted lanternflies, known as nymphs, and adults prefer to feed on the invasive tree of heaven (Ailanthus altissima) but also feed on a wide range of crops and plants, including grapes, apples, hops, walnuts and hardwood trees. We do not have enough data to determine the impact on agriculture. Thus far, vineyards have been the most adversely affected agricultural commodity, mostly due to SLF acting as a stressor to vines. As they feed, the pest leaves behind a sticky, sugary residue called honeydew that attracts other insects and promotes sooty mold growth which can further damage the plant.

Spotted lanternfly is a hitchhiking pest. It lays eggs on almost any surface—vehicles, trailers, outdoor equipment, and patio furniture—and the eggs can be spread long distances when people travel and move these items. Early detection is critical to stopping the pest from spreading, and the public plays a key role in detecting spotted lanternfly. Look for and report signs of the pest. Also inspect your vehicle and packed items for lanternfly egg masses, nymphs, and adults—and destroy these life stages of the pest to stop them from spreading.
REPORT SIGHTINGS HERE:If you believe you have found the spotted lanternfly in Illinois, send a photo and a detailed email to including where, when, and the specifics of the location. In addition, contact the Illinois Department of Agriculture at (815) 787-5476.



Did you know homeowners can certify their gardens and get butterfly garden or pollinator garden signs, for a small fee, to proudly display in their yards? If interested, check out these sites: https://registration.extension. butterfly-garden-certification-program/ Waystation-Certification-Application/190004


Need Tree Information?

Morton Arboretum


Top 10 Illinois Tree Pests:


Why is Buckthorn a problem?

Information about invasive trees/shrubs from Morton Arboretum
Click here 


Common Tree Diseases in Illinois 

Click here for fact sheet

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