The Emerald Ash Borer is in for a fight, as the city invites one and all to come to a rally next month to learn how to engage in combat with the despised insect.
The Parks/Forestry Division is joining with the Openlands Branch of Evanston TreeKeepers to co-sponsor an event that will combine education and entertainment.
They’re calling it the “Tree Summit: Save Evanston’s Urban Forest” and the date has been set—June 22—although the time and location are yet to be announced.
Speakers at the Summit will include Wally Bobkiewicz, city manager; Paul D’Agostino, assistant director of public works, and Wendy Pollock, Evanston TreeKeeper.
Entertainment and activities are being finalized; light refreshments will be served, and there will be give-aways that will help residents lead a “greener” life. Admission is free and all ages are welcome.
In an announcement Tuesday, the city noted that the ash borer has dealt a deadly blow to about half of the city’s 4,000 public ash trees, and “it is expected that it is only a matter of time before the remaining ash trees will die.”
At the summit, residents will learn more about the negative impacts from losing so many trees, such as lowered air quality and carbon dioxide levels, and what steps are possible to maintain Evanston’s tree population.
Community members will be given a chance to support an enhanced tree planting program and to take action together to save Evanston’s urban forest.
The city hopes to raise $25,000 by the end of September to purchase 100 trees. If they raise more money, they promised, they’ll use the funds to purchase and plant more trees.
If you’d like to join the fight to save Evanston’s urban forest, the city invites you to send an email to Kelsey Atkinson.