About this project
Evanston residents love their trees. That's why when Dutch Elm Disease and Emerald Ash Borer invasives started to claim the lives of thousands of our park and parkway trees, especially over the past few years, we banded together and took action. It started with a few tree-knowledgeable volunteers known as the Evanston Openlands’ TreeKeepers who spent a number of weekend afternoons helping the City maintain some of our current park trees through mulching and removing invasive plant species, such as buckthorn. As interest spread, the City took notice and started the "I Heart Evanston Trees" project in order to engage the community in a larger discussion about the dire threats currently facing our tree population and what solutions we can collectively come up with to address them.
For Evanston residents, losing trees is more than an aesthetic issue—trees are part of what define our neighborhoods, and sometimes the very identities of our community members for several generations back. We have trees that have stood here longer than this plot of land was ever known as “The City of Evanston”, and even before Europeans set foot on this soil. We want to plant trees for the benefit of our current residents, and especially for the many generations to follow.
The trees we plant will represent a large diversity of native species so that they are more resilient as a community to future invasive pests, and so that in turn we can support an even larger diversity of flora and fauna. We want the millions of birds that pass through Chicagoland each year during migration seasons to take refuge in our city, with an abundance of food and shelter to help ensure a safer journey to their final destination. We want to be a model city to inspire other municipalities to invest in their own green infrastructure, and see the benefits of having cleaner air, reduced storm water run-off, higher property values, and safer neighborhoods thanks to all the families that will enjoy more outdoor time and spend more time getting to know their neighbors.
The trees we plant in our City will also help offset carbon emissions everywhere. All of the revenue we raise is going strictly towards the purchase and planting of more trees to replace those that have fallen, and all donations are tax-deductible. With $6,480, we will be able to purchase at least twenty-five 2.5 inch diameter trees from local nurseries.
Will you help us plant more trees today?
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