City leaders are calling on the private and public sectors to help raise money to replant trees across Sioux Falls as the area deals with the Emerald Ash Borer infestation.
On Tuesday, Mayor Paul TenHaken announced the “ReLeaf Sioux Falls Project.” The goal is to raise $2.5 million over the next five years. The money will be used to support tree planting in city parks as well as create a cost-share program for homeowners who want to replant trees in public parking strips.
TenHaken says this project requires help from citizens.
“I very much see this as a collaborative effort between citizens and the city of Sioux Falls to make sure that yeah, we’re going to lose some trees, a substantial amount of trees in this, but we’re also taking the right steps to make sure our reforestation efforts are successful,” TenHaken said.
Sioux Falls is expected to lose nearly 25 percent of its trees over the coming years due to Emerald Ash Borer.