- Associated Press - Friday, June 6, 2014

ROCKFORD, Ill. (AP) - More than 400 trees have been planted in parks and on public golf courses around the northern Illinois city of Rockford thanks to an arrangement with the state Department of Transportation.

The Rockford Register Star reports (https://bit.ly/Sc1JSH ) the trees were leftover from a state construction project. Rockford Park District landscape architect Tom Lind says the new trees help replace those lost to storms or infestation with the tree-killing emerald ash borer.

About $85,000 worth of trees are finding permanent homes in Rockford park district locations. They include shade trees such as sugar maple and American sycamore, and ornamental trees such as dogwood and crabapple.

Lind says the transportation department is also donating labor to the tree-planting project.

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Information from: Rockford Register Star, https://www.rrstar.com

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