About 100 new, adult trees will be making their way to Minnetrista this fall.
At their April 4 meeting, the Minnetrista City Council met with Karen Zumach from Tree Trust, an organization that helps re-forest areas near the Twin Cities. Zumach said that Tree Trust, with the help of the City of Minnetrista, would be offering 100 five to eight foot trees to Minnetrista residents for $25 later this year. The trees, which normally retail for around $150, would be partially funded by the city in hopes that the mature trees will help with air and water quality.
According to Zumach, three million trees near the metro and around one billion trees in Minnesota will be affected by the Emerald Ash Boar. Zumach said Tree Trust hopes to fill the void those dying trees leave behind. The program is supported by an $8,000 grant from the Minnehaha Creek Watershed District. With some of that money, the group is providing 200 trees from purchase in Mound and Minnetrista, split evenly between the cities.