Prairie Village park chosen to benefit from tree planting in wake of emerald ash borer threat

Windsor Park in Prairie Village will get new trees at a planting party next Wednesday.
Windsor Park in Prairie Village will get new trees at a planting party next Wednesday.

Prairie Village and surrounding cities are set to see thousands and thousands of trees die — or be removed before they are attacked — at the hands of the emerald ash borer.

As a way to stem the damage inflicted on the suburban forest by the insects, the Heartland Tree Alliance and the Kansas Forest Service have chosen a handful of locations throughout the area to benefit from funds for tree replanting obtained in part through a grant from the U.S. Forest Service. Windsor Park in Prairie Village is one of those areas.

The city announced this week that Heartland Tree Alliance and the Kansas Forest Service would be having a tree planting work day next Wednesday, Oct. 14, from 9 a.m. to noon at Windsor Park, with a walking tour of the trees in the park from 11 a.m. to noon.

Volunteer slots to participate in the work party filled up fast, and are currently closed, but the tour is open to anyone. The tour will cover tree identification, tree diversity and forest health among other topics.