More than 200 new trees take root in areas hit hard by the North Side tornado

Many North Side homeowners lost trees on their property following the May 22 tornado. This weekend, North Minneapolis residents will pick up and plant the new trees they ordered to replace the ones they lost in the tornado.

Tree Trust, a local nonprofit, offered trees to homeowners in North Minneapolis who lost trees on their property. This project, part of Tree Trust’s North Minneapolis Reforest Project, was funded by grants from State Farm Insurance and Xcel Energy Foundation, and an in-kind donation from Bachman’s Nursery. Other project partners include the City of Minneapolis and Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board.

Homeowners in the area affected by the tornado had the opportunity to obtain up to two trees to plant per property. Trees could be purchased for $20 each, or homeowners could choose to attend a free, one-hour workshop on proper tree planting and tree care to have the fees waived.

Four species of trees were available for order: Prairiefire crabapple, Autumn Brilliance serviceberry, Northern hackberry and Royal Star Magnolia.

Tax-deductible donations to support Tree Trust’s North Minneapolis Reforest Project can be made at www.treetrust.org (designation: “Trees for City of Minneapolis”). For questions about the project, contact Diana Preisen, Community Forest Specialist at Tree Trust, dianap@treetrust.org or 612-590-1421.

Tree Trust is a Minnesota 501(c)(3) nonprofit founded in 1976 to provide out-of-work individuals with training and paid jobs reforesting the community. Tree Trust has since expanded to provide integrated employment training, case management, environmental education and community forestry programs to youth and adults throughout the Twin Cities and greater Minnesota.

Last updated Sep. 30, 2011