Many of the trees in Norwalk have been rooted here for generations and soon the Norwalk Tree Alliance will post identification signs on trees, including those here around historic Matthews Park.
By the end of this month at least 85 trees tagged will be mounted with signs at Calf Pasture Beach, Shady Beach, Matthews Park, and the Rosa Parks Arboretum as part of the alliance's effort to raise awareness on the diversity and the value of urban forestry.
"A lot of people in the community are curious about trees and they really know that a tree has a wooden trunk and leaves, but there's a lot more to trees than that," said Norwalk Tree Alliance President Dan Landau.
It's part of a campaign funded through a $7,000 grant from the America the Beautiful initiative and arranged by the Forestry Division of the Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection.
"We are using it to identify trees, not every tree but major trees in the parks and for educational purposes," said Landau.
A total of 20 trees just in Matthews Park will be identified. Volunteers chose trees representing 24 different species.
"We have maples, we have oaks, there are occasional hickories, dogwoods, spruces and then there are trees that are not native to the area that have been planted," said Landau.
Landau says research shows trees remove up to 17.4 million tons of air pollutants each year.
The 4x6 inch signs will have inscribed with both the common and Latin names of trees, its characteristics, line drawing of its leaves and needles, and will even work with your smartphone.
"We're putting on QR codes (quick response codes), so if somebody wants to scan it with their telephone, they will be able to get the QR code and get online and get some more information about the tree," said Landau.
To volunteer with signage postings in Norwalk's parks and beaches email the address shown: firstname.lastname@example.org or visit www.NorwalkTreeAlliance.org for more information.