Waterloo – If you have traveled down Prospect Blvd recently and seen ash trees marked with yellow ribbons, their lives are being cut short by an invasive insect called the emerald ash borer. First discovered in Waterloo by the city’s forestry department in 2014, city officials are systematically removing ash trees throughout the city.

The Kingsley Neighborhood Association and volunteers took notice that the beautiful, tree-lined Prospect Boulevard between W. 4th Street and Ridgeway Avenue will soon change significantly. In partnership with the City of Waterloo and Waterloo Community Foundation, neighbors organized a fundraising campaign to replace 55 ash trees, plus a few more in nearby public areas.   Donated funds will purchase replacement trees that will be planted this spring and cared for by neighbors and volunteers throughout the next growing season. The group’s goal is $16,000.

Tax-deductible contributions are being accepted through December 31, 2017, by the Waterloo Community Foundation, PO Box 1253, Waterloo, IA. Contact volunteer coordinator Rick Smith at RickALO@gmail.com for project information.

Further information on the ash borer: http://www.waterlooleisureservices.org/forestry/emerald-ash-borer