Redwater's Arboretum is a few steps closer to reality.
 
The 1,100 foot stretch of land in Redwater is currently home to a retired train, but soon, it will also have an arboretum.
 
"They've made substantial progress," explained Redwater mayor Mel Smith. "They've got the surveying all done, they've got a good plan in place, they've started the fundraising request, they have formed a society."
 
One battle left to fight is the age-old battle with the Richardson Ground Squirrel, where 57 holes were counted. Numerous ideas were floated around on how to get rid of them, with town manager Deb Hamilton chiming in, saying some of those ideas have already been tried. Other ideas were squashed due to concerns the public may think it's not humane.
 
The Arboretum Society wants to plant at least two trees this year to get things going. Eventually, they'd like to have a variety of trees native to the area as well as various bushes, all with a sign explaining the unique details about the plant.

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