Editorial: Being mindful of the environment through sandbags, ash trees

MADISON, Wis. - Think of this as a city of Madison environmental editorial…of sorts. First, those of you who needed sandbags during last year's flooding, and want the city to collect those sandbags, need to get them on the curb. City collection of sandbags is underway, but ends September 22nd. Put them on the curbside, not in the street or gutter, and make sure they're not covered with leaves or brush.

Second, those ash trees that are being removed before they die of Emerald Ash Borer disease? They're being turned into art. And that art is now on display. Thanks to a partnership between Madison Parks, Madison Arts Commission and Wisconsin Urban Wood and support from a Madison Community Foundation 75th Anniversary grant, Phoenix from the Ashes is on exhibit at the Overture Center with works created by local artists with donated city ash wood. It's a mash-up of artistic creativity and urban reality. We love it.

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