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City of Lafayette and Purdue team up to re-plant downtown greenery

New trees are being planted downtown thanks to the research done by a Purdue Forestry class.

Posted: Jul. 5, 2018 2:29 PM

DOWNTOWN LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) — The City of Lafayette and Purdue University are teaming together to spruce up the downtown area this summer. New trees will be planted around the courthouse and county building, replacing the older, dying trees that stood before them.
 
Commissioner Tom Murtaugh is one of those responsible for initiating the change. 

"A lot of missing trees, we had some overgrown trees, we had some blatantly dead trees," said Murtaugh. 

Those trees that once stood around the Tippecanoe County Courthouse are now gone. 


"Trees provide many benefits I mean that's why people go downtown to see the trees," said Purdue professor Lindsey Purcell. 

The City of Lafayette and Purdue are in the process of planting more.

" I think the goal for this project and any project is to create a more sustainable landscape," said Purcell. 

Lindsey Purcell teaches Issues in Urban Forestry at Purdue.

"A lot of students come out of the classroom and have nothing to put on their experience," said Purcell. "This is a project that could be put on their resume."

His students developed a plan to restore Downtown Lafayette's greenery. 

"Part of their plan is that truly we had too much going on when you look at our tree wells," said Murtaugh. 

Those who grew accustomed to seeing the trees every day are excited for the new look. Sandy Tarter said she's glad students, many of which aren't from the area, took the time to invest in Downtown. 

"I think that's great, I think it's great that they're involved in the community that they're going to school in," said Tarter. 

"The courthouse is certainly the cornerstone of this community," said Murtaugh. "It's important that those grounds look great."

The city is in the process of taking the old stumps out and creating new spaces in the sidewalk for the trees. It hopes to have the entire process completed within the coming month.

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