A change in funding and a destructive pest means less trees for the Forest City.
The emerald ash borer could affect as many as 8,000 of the city's ash trees over the next few years. City leaders plan on cutting those trees down because the beetle's larvae slowly kills them, causing a safety hazard.
In addition, a change in the allocation of state funding means the City of Rockford will be planting less trees each year to make up for those cut down. Only about 800 are expected to be planted every year instead of the usual 1,000.
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