WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) — More tree tops are coming to West Lafayette this spring and this project is expected to cost around $23,000.
Soon, about 60 trees will be planted across the city for the "2018 Operation Releaf Project". These trees will replace the ash trees being removed from around the city.
There have been annual tree plantings in the past which take place in the spring and fall. The trees are being planted along public streets, but mostly in neighborhoods. Those neighborhoods include University Farms and Bar Barry Heights off Salisbury Street. About 30 ash trees have been removed from this area.
Neighborhood Vitality Bryce Patz said the main reason for planting is for stormwater retention.
"The more canopy that there is the slower the water hits our waterways," said Patz. "Less pollution goes into our streams. So it's very important to make sure that we have canopy added to our streets so we can retain that stormwater."
Operation Releaf should begin within the next few weeks. The trees should all be planted for this season by June.
On April 27 the city is partnering with West Lafayette Tree Friends to host an Arbor Day Celebration. People are invited to help plant trees starting at 10 a.m. near the Lindberg Road and Northwestern Avenue intersection.
"Any municipal arborist in the country, they always have to find those partnerships to make sure that we can help with our cost, have donations come in for that and still provide trees for residents in our community," Patz said.
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