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Springfield Fairgrounds Springs Back to Life
More Than 200 Trees Have Been Planted


The fairground in Springfield, Illinois is becoming a greener place with the installation of hundreds of new trees.

What is being called "treecovery" is a four-year project to plant at least two hundred trees at the Illinois State Fairgrounds.

The Illinois Green Industry Association started this initiative back in 2015 with the goal of donating around fifty trees each year. Only in its third year, the fairground has already seen over 200 trees planted. Even though the goal has been met, the IGIA plans to keep on planting trees in the next year, as local nurseries and supportive companies continue to donate young, new trees.

The reason for this initiative comes in response to hundreds of trees being wiped out by an invasive pest named the Emerald Ash Borer (

Agriculture Director Raymond Poe stated, "These trees will beautify the fairgrounds and make it more inviting, in addition to helping the environment."

The trees are mostly 2-3 inch caliper trees that stand about 5-7 feet tall. Some of the species of trees being planted include: sycamore, swamp white ash and Austrian fir. The local authorities selected these types of trees to hopefully prevent the Emerald Ash Borer in the future and to ensure that the trees are able to survive the cold climate in Springfield, Illinois.

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August 19, 2019, 4:54 pm PDT

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