CHICAGO (AP) — The city of Chicago is announcing plans to trim 15,000 more trees this year than in 2013.

Mayor Rahm Emanuel and the Department of Streets and Sanitation made the announcement this week. Emanuel says the proper maintenance of the city’s estimated 580,000 parkway trees is a “necessary investment” in the city’s neighborhoods.

Emanuel’s office says the Bureau of Forestry will plant 2,800 trees and inoculate 35,000 ash trees against the emerald ash borer and add additional forestry crews.

The city’s bureau of forestry has received a $2.7 million increase in its 2014 budget to meet the goal.

Chicago’s grid-based tree trimming and removal program was implemented in 2012. The tree trimming “blitz” season runs from May through October, and the tree removal season is from November through May.


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