City Council approves Forestry Division budget increase - – Rockford’s News Leader

City Council approves Forestry Division budget increase

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The budget for the Public Works Department's Forestry Division doubles for the rest of the year to help tackle tree damage.

It's from the Emerald Ash Borer beetle, which can cause trees to become brittle and fall apart after a few years. The division initially received $225,000; now that's up to $450,000. The goal is to take down, or treat, the 8,000 infected trees across the city. Most of that money is coming from Rockford's sanitation fund. Public Works Department Director Tim Hanson says they're also focusing on replanting 10% of those trees. So far this year, a grant has helped put in 50 new trees. Hanson says the goal for every subsequent year is about 400.

Work will be done on infected trees in public spaces only.

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