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How much for that tree?

September 8, 2017
By Whitney Helm

Tree Tags around campus signifying the monetary benefit of the tree

If you've walked around campus lately, you may have noticed price tags on several trees.

Don't worry; we're not selling the trees!

The tags are the work of Aga Jarzabek'18 and Catherine Krol'17, who started a non-profit organization called "Trees for Beloit," to plant 30 trees in Riverside, Krueger, and Summit parks this October. Similar to Chicago's Morton Arboretum tags, each tag details the type of tree and the benefit it brings to the community, adding funds for storm water runoff reduction, and carbon reduction. Prices of these benefits can range from a couple hundred to thousands of dollars depending on the tree's impact.

Aga, a business economics and Russian double major, says a simple idea for a tree planting event became a business overnight.

"We had to register as a non-profit to have a business account to accept donations from businesses and individuals," she says.

Through a Duffy Community Partnership and a partnership with Visit Beloit, the two picked a diverse group of trees that would be beneficial in area. The Emerald Ash Borer, an insect that kills the native Ash trees, has killed more than 128 trees since 2015.

The date for the tree-planting event has yet to be determined. If you'd like to volunteer contact Aga for additional information.