Tuesday, November 11, 2014

City of Lake Worth Tree Board talk at Lake Worth Public Library

The Lake Worth City Tree Board announced that it will hold a  talk with 3 speakers entitled “Right Tree, Right Place” on Thursday, November 13, 2014 at 6:30 p.m. at the Lake Worth Public Library on 15 North M Street.  The talk focuses on how increasing native tree canopy, shrubs and ground cover allow beneficial insects, birds and butterflies to flourish.  Refreshments will be served.  Admission is free and everyone is welcome.

“It’s great to have our City Tree Board speaker series move to the Lake Worth Public Library in the heart of downtown Lake Worth,” said City of Lake Worth Horticulturalist, David McGrew, staff liaison to the board.  “Families, property owners, business owners, city officials, renters and property managers can all benefit from the information the three speakers will share about native trees and plants.

“The speakers will discuss the benefits of native plants” added Richard Stowe, Tree Board Chair  “and how city landscape ordinances can create incentives to establish yards with native landscaping.”

The three speakers, who serve or have served as directors on the Florida Native Plant Society Palm Beach Chapter Board, include Kristi Moyer, M.Ed., Jeff Nurge and Dennis DeZeeuw.

Kristi Moyer, M.Ed. is the Facility and Land Manager at Pine Jog Environmental Educational Center of Florida Atlantic University.  

Jeff Nurge is founder of Native Choice Nursery located on Tropical Way World off Hagen Ranch Road in Boynton Beach.  He writes a weekly column called Native Roots for the Palm Beach Post and serves as the publicity chair for the Palm Beach Chapter of the Florida Native Plant Society.  

Dennis DeZeeuw is founder of Boca Raton-based Sustainscape, Inc. and is a past membership chair of the Florida Native Plant Society Palm Beach Chapter.  Dennis has received accreditation from the Florida Nursery, Growers and Landscape Association as a Florida Certified Horticulture Professional (2010) and Florida Certified Landscape Technician (2013); he was certified by the University of Florida - Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences as a Florida Master Naturalist in 2011 and received LEED GA accreditation by the United States Green Building Council in 2014.

The City of Lake Worth has a number of advisory boards which provides assistance to the City Commission.  Most meet once a month and only require a few hours of a volunteer's time.  The City Tree Board meets at 5:30 p.m. on the second Thursday of the month.  All members are selected by the Mayor and City Commission.  Board meetings are open to the public.