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Evanston gets grant for tree replacement

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Evanston aldermen are scheduled tonight to approve a contract to buy 250 new parkway trees that in part will replace ash trees lost to disease.

About a quarter of the $61,000 purchase price of the trees will be covered by an urban forest restoration grant the city recently received through the Metropolitan Mayors Caucus.

It's to be used this spring to replace about 100 of the ash trees removed in recent months because of the Emerald Ash Borer infestation.

But the disease has forced the city to cut down 500 ash trees over the past year, so the new purchase will only be a start at replacing the trees that have been lost.

Most of the other trees to be replaced were lost because of storm damage last year.

A list by ward and street address of the trees to be replaced is available online.

Update 9:50 a.m. 4/25/12: Aldermen approved the tree purchase contract without debate Monday night.

Above: Tree stumps on Oakton Street east of Sherman Avenue. (Mike Perlman photo)

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