City Launches ‘ReLeaf Sioux Falls’ Project
Today, the City of Sioux Falls launched the ReLeaf Sioux Falls Project. This project is a collaborative effort designed to raise private and public dollars to replenish the urban forest in the wake of the Emerald Ash Borer (EAB) threatening the local ash tree population.
“As we face the loss of nearly 25 percent of our city’s trees over the coming years, it will take a One Sioux Falls approach and community effort to replant,” said Mayor Paul TenHaken. “Since the Emerald Ash Borer was discovered in Sioux Falls, a handful of generous families have offered to help replant our city. Now I’m asking members of the community to join us in helping to beautify our community for future generations by giving to ReLeaf Sioux Falls.”
The City has set a fund raising goal of $2.5 million over the next five years. Dollars raised will support tree planting in the City’s parks system as well as a cost-share program designed to assist homeowners as they replant trees in their public parking strips.
“It’s not every day an epidemic like the Emerald Ash Borer provides an opportunity for the Sioux Falls community to rise up and respond in a big way,” said Don Kearney, Director of Parks and Recreation. “I hope residents, businesses and organizations consider how they can help contribute to our reforestation efforts.”
Regional marketing agency, Lawrence & Schiller and the Sioux Falls Area Community Foundation have graciously teamed up with the City to provide a website, creative materials and a donation page to assist with the project. More than just a place to collect donations, the website will provide ongoing education on the importance of our urban forest, recognize the generous donors to the project and outline volunteer opportunities for service clubs and groups.
“I want to thank the Sioux Falls Area Community Foundation and Lawrence & Schiller for their partnership. I also want to recognize the lead donors who have already pledged thousands of dollars to the effort: the Heineman Family and Craig Lloyd and the Lloyd Family,” said Mayor TenHaken.