You might see more trees planted in downtown La Crosse in the next couple of years, if city leaders approve money for the project.
City council member Chris Kahlow is asking for $850,000 in ARPA funding to add trees to the downtown area.
Kahlow says some of the money would go toward putting more soil downtown where those trees could set down roots, “in order to give the trees enough root area to grow, because right now, they live a very short life, and then they die, so they’re not healthy.” Kahlow also says there are many spots downtown that have not had a tree in 20 years.
Kahlow listed several advantages to having trees in that part of the city.
“They manage stormwater runoff,” she says, “they mitigate urban heat islands, they reduce air pollution, sequester carbon dioxide, increase property value and retail sales, helping to create conditions for economic success, they reduce crime.”