A group of University of Northern Iowa students is helping bring thousands of free saplings to Cedar Falls to help the city replace trees lost to disease or flooding.
UNI Hardwoods recently transported 6,500 oak tree saplings from a nursery in East Moline, Ill.
More than 100 student volunteers will plant some of them on April 12 at a new nursery in the North Cedar neighborhood.
The saplings will replace trees infected by the emerald ash borer or destroyed by historic flooding in 2008. City officials say funding for tree removals and replacements has dwindled.
The saplings will mature for several years before they’re either moved or kept in place to reforest the area.