Project replacing storm-damaged trees
The Tonganoxie City Tree Board has started a tree replacement project northeast of the Leavenworth County Fairgrounds.
Starting at 8 a.m. Saturday, replacement trees will be planted by the Western Resources Green Team, Dave Beck of Davenson's Nursery, tree board members and volunteers from the community.
Trees were damaged in the May 11 tornado.
On the past two weekends, Thorne's Tree Service and tree board members have cut down damaged and diseased trees.
The cost of the project is about $14,000, said Velda Roberts, tree board chairman.
The money was made available by the Federal Community Forestry Program, partial proceeds of a golf tournament sponsored by radio station KBEQ-104 and funds donated by Peruvian Connection, a Tonganoxie-based business. Peruvian is carrying a bulk of the expenses. It is paying for everything except the $2,000 from the radio station and a $2,500 grant from the forestry service.
Once the replacement trees are planted, the city and tree board will work with homeowners in the area on schedules for watering, mulching and pruning. The trees are being purchased from Davenson's Nursery, Basehor.
About 80 trees will be planted on First, Second and Third streets, between U.S. Highway 24-40 and the fairgrounds. Thirty-five trees were removed from the area.