La Crosse looks at improving trees downtown

City Engineers: Health of many trees are declining

La Crosse city is reviewing its streetscaping in downtown.

They’re specifically focused on the trees lining the streets.

The trees have had several struggles including vandalism, space limitations, and high maintenance needs.

The city’s engineering department says many of the trees are in declining health. That’s why they’re looking into new alternatives to keep the streets lined with trees.

The new look could simply improve the current tree boxes they’re housed in or they could add some storm water management systems.

“The focus is on reducing maintenance downtown and providing better survival rates for the downtown trees,” said La Crosse City Engineer Matthew Nett.

The board of public works will review the ideas again at its meeting next month.