Paul D’Agostino, assistant director of Public Works, Forestry, Parks and Greenways was Grand Marshal of the Fourth of July parade. Photo by Mary Mumbrue

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The City of Evanston’s “I Heart Evanston Trees” initiative has kicked off its 2015 fundraising campaign, setting a goal of $10,000 to help replace fallen trees.

The initiative aims to diversify Evanston’s tree population to improve resiliency, and help community members better understand the value of Evanston’s vibrant urban forest. Every $250 raised by the campaign pays for a new tree in an Evanston park, public space, or parkway.

There are three donation levels:
Leaf Level – Those who donate $25 or more will receive an “I Heart Evanston Trees” mug and sticker;

Branch Level – Those who donate$50 or more will receive a pack of “I Heart Evanston Trees” blank greeting cards, plus Leaf Level perks; and

Tree Level – Those who donate $100 or more will receive a copy of Under the Canopy tree planting and caring guide, plus all Branch Level perks.

The “I Heart Evanston Trees” initiative was created to raise additional funds to replace trees that have died as a result of the invasive pest, like the emerald ash borer, and diseases, such as Dutch elm disease.

More information about the “I Heart Evanston Trees” campaign is available at iheartevanstontrees.org  or by calling 311.