“Blue Trees Initiative” to Raise Awareness of Emerald Ash Borer

blue trees evanstonThe City of Evanston’s Forestry Division is launching a program called the Blue Trees Initiative to raise public awareness of the Emerald Ash Borer, an invasive beetle which has already wiped out more than 2,000 ash trees in Evanston. On August 8, City Forestry crews painted 8-9 infested ash trees with blue paint on Sheridan Road adjacent to Calvary Cemetery. This awareness initiative is part of the “I Heart Evanston Trees” campaign to educate the community on how the Emerald Ash Borer has impacted Evanston’s urban forest, the importance of maintaining a health tree inventory in an urban area, and what the city’s plans are for maintaining and increasing a diversified tree inventory. To learn more about Evanston’s urban forest or donate to the tree fund, click here.

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