Cleveland Shade Tree Board members unveiled a granite marker Tuesday to name a bald cypress in honor of the Cleveland Daily Banner.
The marker is located at the base of a the tree located north of 20th Street alongside the Cleveland/Bradley County Greenway. The marker is in appreciation of the newspaper’s support of the Cleveland Shade Tree Board since its formation in August 1990.
Since the board’s inception, the city’s success at protecting its tree canopy resulted in numerous conservation awards. In April, Cleveland was designated a Tree City USA for the 21st consecutive year by the Arbor Day Foundation. In addition, Cleveland Utilities earned a Tree Line USA public utility designation for the 13th consecutive year and Cleveland State Community College earned the Tree Campus USA moniker for the fourth consecutive year.
The Tennessee Division of Forestry selected the local board as the 2010 Shade Tree Board of the Year in recognition of its work.
Cleveland Shade Tree Board Chair Jan Cheek recognized the Banner for its support throughout its existence and presented a certificate to Cleveland Daily Banner Managing Editor David Davis.
“The Banner staff proudly supports positive activity that makes our hometown a better place to live,” stated the veteran newspaperman, who is retiring this week after a lengthy career. “Trees do more than add to the quality of life in Cleveland. Trees are necessary for sustaining life.”
Cleveland Urban Forester Dan Hartman said the 25-foot high tree was planted 10 years ago along the first segment of the Greenway that parallels Mouse Creek. The species likes living in wet, low-lying areas.
“It will thrive here, and has, as you can tell by its size. When we first planted it, it was about 7 feet tall and now it’s about 25 feet tall, so it likes where it’s at. It’ll eventually get about 75 feet tall and get 3 to 3 1/2 feet in diameter. It will have a canopy of about 25 to 30 feet across,” he said. “It will shade the Greenway and people will be able to sit underneath it and just admire the area.”
Hartman said bald cypresses grow in the Louisiana swamps and are incredibly durable and adaptable to small rooting areas and wet or dry soil.
The forester said 273 trees planted along the Greenway include 34 different species. He estimated there are markers at the bases of about 50 trees.