It's been two years since park rangers at Fort Stevenson planted a new type of of tree that is said to be resistant to Dutch Elm Disease--and so far they are seeing sprouts of success.
Park Manager Chad Trautman says the park has been losing a variety of elms over the last decade. However-- the Prairie Expedition elm-- recently developed in Fargo-- continues to rise on the horizon.
(Chad Trautman) "After the Dutch Elm Disease kinda waived through and kinda took out a lot of the elms, this one was to be found to be surviving through that disease time and so. We have done two plantings so far, so the last two years we have roughly gotten around, I think it's about twelve trees per year we have planted. These trees will have a much better canopy than our Siberian or our Chinese Elms that we have in the park already. Of course right now they are sticks, so once they get better you will certainly notice."
To plant one Prairie Expedition-- costs about One-Hundred dollars. Since that money comes out of general funds from Fort Stevenson's annual budget-- there is a limit to how many can be planted each year.