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Hagen announces campaign to tree Tower Avenue

Mayor Bruce Hagen announced Wednesday a major campaign to re-tree South Tower Avenue. "Tower Avenue between North 28th Street and North 52nd Street lost approximately 200 ash trees to the emerald ash borer infestation," Hagen said. "The loss of t...

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Maria Lockwood/mlockwood@superiortelegram.com Superior Mayor Bruce Hagen, second from left, discusses the Re-Tree South Tower Avenue project during a kick-off event Wednesday at Superior Choice Credit Union. Green signs like the one Hagen is holding line Tower Avenue to show where the trees purchased through the fundraiser will be planted.

Mayor Bruce Hagen announced Wednesday a major campaign to re-tree South Tower Avenue.

"Tower Avenue between North 28th Street and North 52nd Street lost approximately 200 ash trees to the emerald ash borer infestation," Hagen said. "The loss of trees on this commercial corridor saddened the public and business community. I received many comments about the loss of these trees."

Re-Tree South Tower Avenue is designed to replace trees with larger, 3-inch diameter, and 12- to 15-foot tall trees of diverse species.

"Our plan is to replace the lost ash with linden, elm, honeylocust, Kentucky coffeetree and Japanese tree lilac," the mayor said. He said additional species of trees could be considered if they are suitable for Superior’s climate and soils.

"My wife, Lois, and I are inviting businesses, industry, civic clubs, families and individuals to consider contributing one or more large trees at a cost of $300 each to generate instant shade and beauty along Tower Avenue," Hagen said.

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Two firms have already pledged donations to the effort. Superior Choice Credit Union was the first to donate six trees and Calumet Superior is increasing their annual tree donation to 20 of this larger variety.

"The City is so fortunate to have these industry leaders understand the value of trees to the commercial landscape," the mayor said.

Small trees signs have been positioned along Tower Avenue to generate curiosity about the campaign and numerous letters of request are being sent to Tower Avenue businesses. Other industry and civic partners are welcome to join the effort.

For more information, or to make a donation, contact Superior Parks, Recreation & Forestry Department at 715-395-7270 or email parks@ci.superior.wi.us .

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