It's hard to miss the row of bright-blue trees across from Calvary Cemetery in Evanston.
In just two weeks, however, they'll be gone.
The city has painted the trees blue in order to highlight the fact that they're infested with Emerald Ash Borer, and are slated to come down Aug. 24. The invasive beetle has already killed more than 2,000 ash trees in Evanston, according to city spokesperson Eric Palmer.
Evanston's "Blue Trees Initiative," as the city is calling it, is part of the "I Heart Evanston Trees" campaign, designed to raise awareness of the city's efforts to maintain a healthy urban forest.
Residents are encouraged to donate to the "I Heart Evanston Trees" campaign through the website Citizinvestor. As of Aug. 9, 2013, the city had raised $6,000--enough to plant 24 trees, according to the city website. The goal is to raise $25,000 in order to plant 100 trees by the spring and fall planting season.