The money is being raised to buy $50 million of saplings in an effort to preserve the historic plantation and the community.
“It’s going to be a community project,” said Josh Smith, a co-founder of the sapling project.
“We’re not doing anything special.
We’re trying to save the saplings.”
The $4 million is being put toward planting a $1.5 million sapling that will grow to a height of 3.5 metres (10 feet) and will be planted in the heart of the historic city of Springfield.
Smith said the saplers will be sold by the lot and that the community can also use them for a community garden.
“They’re beautiful,” Smith said.
“They’re huge and they look like trees.”
The saplings will be protected by the city for at least the next 30 years.
Smith said the project will also involve planting new trees and other vegetation to protect the historic Sapling Gardens.
The project will be funded through a grant from the Illinois Historic Preservation Act.
Smith hopes to raise the money by selling the remaining $50.00 million of the $4.5-million plan to the public.
“The city’s going out of its way to get it done,” Smith explained.
“It’s just a matter of putting it all together.”
Smith said that the money will be used to buy the $50-million sapling and build a park on top of it.
He said the park will be a public gathering place and the trees will be displayed in the area of the park where the park is located.
Smith has said the plan is not without controversy.
“There are a few people who don’t like the idea of buying saplings from an old plantation,” Smith told CBC Chicago.
“But they’re going to have to get used to it.”