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Evanston will be able to plant 25 extra parkway trees this fall, thanks to an online crowd-funding project called “I Heart Evanston Trees.”

The City Council is scheduled Monday to approve purchase of 250 trees for fall planting — and about a tenth of them will be ones paid for with $6,480 in voluntary donations from 43 residents made through the municipal crowd-funding site Citizinvestor.

The city also has picked up more than three times as much extra tree funding from a separate program called Tree Replant Express that lets residents get a tree on their own parkway replanted more quickly than otherwise scheduled and with a bigger replacement tree for an extra $175 fee.

It seems that while some people are willing to support trees anywhere — a lot more are willing to fund a tree they’ll see every day.

Bill Smith is the editor and publisher of Evanston Now.

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