Contact Information

Andy Smolen

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

Office - 847-671-8267


Tree Board Members:

Ramona Michael, Commission Chair

Joan Ambo, Commission Co-chair

Sylvia Noth, Member

Les Grahn, Member


Bee Board Subcommittee Members

Mary Ellen Smolen

Katarina Modrich

Monika Suryovich




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:




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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:




CicadaPhoto by Peggy Greb, USDA/ARS

The cicadas are coming! Periodical cicadas in Illinois in 2024

February 22, 2024 Ken Johnson

Click here for the full article: Cicadas

Periodical cicadas in Illinois in 2024. A black cicada with orange wings and red eyes rests on a green leaf

Can you hear them? Probably not yet, but soon, Illinois will be awash in the songs of periodical cicadas. This year (2024) is a big year for periodical cicadas in Illinois, where Broods XIII and XIX will be emerging throughout much of the state at the same time. This is the first time this has happened since 1803, and it won’t happen again until 2245! Despite some talk of an impending insect apocalypse, cicadas don’t pose a threat to humans (or pets), although that newly planted tree or shrub may be a different story.

While two broods will be emerging at the same time, they won't be emerging in the same places. Brood XIII, also known as the Northern Illinois Brood, will be emerging in the northern half of the state. Brood XIII contains all three species of 17-year periodical cicadas: Magicicada septendecim, M. cassini, and M. septendecula. In addition to Illinois, this brood will be emerging in Indiana, Iowa, Wisconsin, and possibly Michigan.

Brood XIX, also known as the Great Southern Brood, will be emerging in the southern half of Illinois. The four species of cicadas in this brood are 13-year cicadas: Magicicada tredecim, M. neotredecim, M. tredecassini, and M. tredecula. This brood is the largest of the 13-year broods, geographically speaking, and will emerge across Alabama, Arkansas, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, Missouri, North Carolina, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Tennessee, and Virginia.

There may be a few places in central Illinois, around Springfield, where the two broods will be emerging in the same area. However, they aren’t expected to overlap to any great extent.

In addition to Broods XIII and XIX, there may be some cicadas from Brood XXIII, the Mississippi Valley Brood, that may emerge. This brood will emerge in 2028, but occasionally, some periodical cicadas will emerge four years early, which in this case would be 2024, and are referred to as stragglers. If any stragglers from Brood XXIII do emerge it will be primarily in far southern Illinois. Download the Cicada 2024 Broods Fact Sheet, which includes a map of where periodical cicadas are expected to emerge.




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 


Invasive Callery Pear

Why Callery Pear trees are not recommended

Click here for the full article: Callery Pear

The Callery pear tree (Pyrus calleryana) covers the Illinois landscape in white blooms for a few weeks in April. This tree was widely planted in the 1950s as a popular ornamental tree in the home landscape. Later cultivars could cross pollinate to produce seeds that birds brought to natural areas where the trees are now spreading.


Common Tree Diseases in Illinois 

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