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FH Urban Forest Meeting Notes

Wednesday June 19, 2019

Date: Wednesday, June 19, 2019
Time: 6:00 pm – 8:30 pm
Locations: The Hills Pizza & the Butterfly Garden at The Fountain Park

Lisa Ristuccia, Billy Ristuccia, Devon Ristuccia, Joe Geare, Jake Eberspacher, Donald Jacques, Maureen Grottke

Suggested Trees to Plant:

  • Acacia
  • Orchid Tree
  • Moringa Tree
  • Desert Willow
  • Fruitless Olive
  • Texas Olive
  • Chinese Pistache
  • Velvet Mesquite
  • Evergreen Elm
  • Pomegranate
  • California Peppertree
  • Ash
  • Ironwood

Initial Planting Locations:
Fountain Hills Charter School & Butterfly Garden at the Fountain Park
If additional trees are available, we could find additional locations within the Fountain Park.

Qualities of Preferred Trees:

  • Low water requirements (although not as much of an issue at the Butterfly Garden)
  • Low litter
  • Provides shade
  • Not allergy triggers
  • No thorns
  • Not invasive
  • Nitrogen-fixing

Other Suggested Additions:

  • Educational signage
  • Hummingbird feeders
  • Bird feeders
  • Owl boxes
  • Benches

Things to Consider:

  • Tree size
  • Growth rate
  • Irrigation
  • Root ball size
  • Where roots might go & what they might disturb
  • Spacing
  • Mix of trees for variety
  • Butterfly Garden at Fountain Park uses effluent water for irrigation, which is cost effective & conservation-based.

Tree Nurseries:

  • Verde Valley
  • Moon Valley

Funds Will Cover:

  • Trees
  • Irrigation
  • Tools & Equipment

Connections to get permission/suggestions/assistance:

  • Fountain Hills Cultural & Civic Association
  • Fountain Hills Charter School Principal & Board
  • Fountain Hills Mayor Ginny Dickey & Town Council
  • Fountain Hills Town Manager Grady Miller
  • Fountain Hills Park Facilities – Joe & Kevin

Benefits to the Community:

  • Shade for people, plants & animals
  • healthier air
  • enhance butterfly garden project
  • hands-on service learning project
  • science investigation for students
  • places for wildlife
  • volunteer opportunities

Other conversations and meetings:

From Judi Becker via Facebook 6-11-19: …for small trees, ones good for small areas/courtyards, there’s Cascalote, Anacacho orchid tree, Texas olive, Texas ebony, Brazilwood, Texas Mountain Laurel, Desert Willow, Desert Fern Tree… those are just a few… I’ve picked the ones that aren’t thorny. For large trees, Ironwood is beautiful though a slow grower, the Sonoran Palo Verde (Palo Brea) is nice… it has the bark that looks like a leotard clinging to the trunk and branches. Arizona ash is also nice for a large tree. And there’s also the mesquites though I think they get a bad reputation. Are the trees to be planted on Town property?

Meeting with Lisa Ristuccia, Joe Geare & Allyn Wright at Denny’s on 6-19-19 at 8:30 am. Initial introductory meeting.