La PORTE — Thanks to Healthy Communities of La Porte County, a new tree will stand tall in the La Porte County Courthouse lawn for the next 100 years.
Jennifer Olsen, the executive director of Healthy Communities, donated the tree in honor of Indiana’s Bicentennial Celebration.
According to a release sent by the county, La Porte County Commissioner President Dave Decker was given the chance to visit the La Porte County Nursery and pick out a tree to replace the nearly 100-year-old Silver Maple, which was taken down last week.
Now, in its place is a Sunset Maple, which will grow up to 50 feet tall. The tree was placed into the ground by Bill Woodruff and his team from the La Porte County Landscaping Service. The new tree, whose leaves are already turning yellow and orange for the the fall season, is at least 15 years old already.
“It was an honor to do this,” Olsen said, while scooping up dirt to pack the tree more firmly into the earth. With her was Decker, County Assessor Mike Schultz, Woodruff and Tony Mancuso, co-chair of Healthy Communities. “The tree was part of La Porte County history,” Olsen added. “Now this one can be a symbol of health and well-being for the next 100 years.”