City of Prior Lake, MN
City of Prior Lake, MN

Volunteers Needed to Plant Trees Received from Grant

Recently the City was notified that a grant was available to help plant new trees in Prior Lake. City staff saw this as a great opportunity to help offset some of the trees that will be lost to Emerald Ash Borer. An application was submitted to Tree Trust, a non-profit organization. The grant was accepted through their Green Futures program and will help plant 50, six to eight foot trees around Thomas Ryan Park.

This sports complex was developed when ash trees were used as a great urban tree and they encompass roughly 75% of the tree plantings.  With Emerald Ash Borer identified in Prior Lake roughly 2 miles away, it is only a matter of time before the trees will succumb to the infestation.  Due to the size of many of the trees, removal and replacement is the most cost effective mitigation.

Tree Trust funding relies exclusively on donations made by individuals and businesses. They ask partners that receive a grant through their Green Futures program to commit to maintaining the trees for three years and help recruit volunteers to help plant the trees.                                                                      

The Prior Lake community planting is scheduled for May 13. If you are interested in volunteering, visit Tree Trust to sign up.

Tree Trust was created in 1976 to address two problems, devastation of the urban canopy due to Dutch elm disease and high unemployment for youth and adults. In its 40-year history, the 501C organization has provided employment training over 55,000 people and has planted and distributed over 470,000 trees and shrubs. 

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