La Crosse announces ‘Trees for the Coulee Region’ campaign

Members of the Coulee Partners for Sustainability, Livable Neighborhoods, and city officials gathered Friday morning to announce the “Trees for the Coulee Region” campaign.

The goal of the campaign is to get ash trees treated for the Emerald Ash Borer instead of cutting them down.

The campaign will work to raise the funds to treat the trees and also plant new trees this spring. Livable Neighborhoods President Charley Weeth said right now people don’t realize how many trees are being cut down.

“I think a lot of it is going to be awareness, as others have talked about,” Weeth said. “Until people start seeing the trees lost, there just doesn’t seem to be as much concern until they’re gone, and then of course it’s too late to treat ’em.”

Losey Blvd. will be closed between La Crosse Street to Ward Avenue on Saturday from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. Crews will work from north to south.

After the Losey Boulevard project is complete, the City of La Crosse will have taken down about 1,500 trees total. About 600 of those have been replaced with new trees.