Minneapolis property owners can sign up for lottery to buy a low-cost tree

Enter lottery any time now through March 9

Thanks to overwhelming popularity, the City’s low-cost trees program operates by lottery. Minneapolis property owners can enter the lottery any time now through March 9. Lottery entrants will hear back by March 14. About 850 property owners will be able to order a five- to eight-foot tree to plant in their yards. Large species shade trees are $30 each. Fruit trees and smaller species are $40 each.

The sixteen varieties available this year include large species, flowering trees and several kinds of fruit trees. Any Minneapolis property owner can register in the lottery to order a tree to plant on private Minneapolis property this spring. Comparable trees cost about $125 at a nursery.

·         Property owners can register for the lottery any time now through March 9. The last people to register will have the same chances as the first.

·         Low-cost trees are available for Minneapolis residents, businesses and nonprofits.

·         Limit one tree per property owner.

·         Trees must be picked up May 19, 20 or 21 at the City of Minneapolis Impound Lot. Volunteers will be on hand to help load each new tree and a complimentary bag of mulch into vehicles.

·         Enter the lottery at treetrust.org/minneapolis-tree-sale-lottery.

In the past 12 years, the City Trees program has provided approximately 14,000 trees for planting on private property. The City Trees program helps meet Minneapolis’ health goal focusing on the well-being of people and the environment. Since 2006, the City of Minneapolis has funded the City Trees program, a low-cost way for folks to help build the city’s tree canopy.

Healthy trees look beautiful in our neighborhoods, increase property values, help clean the air we breathe, save on our energy bills with strategic planting, keep the city cooler in the summer, provide homes for wildlife and help manage stormwater. Larger trees offer all these benefits on a larger scale.

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Critical need for planting more trees

Emerald ash borers are beetles that attack and kill ash trees, and they are present in Minneapolis trees. The Park Board expects all of the ash trees in Minneapolis to die from emerald ash borers. That’s more than 200,000 on public and private land – a loss of one-fifth of Minneapolis’ urban forest. (No pesticides can be recommended because of dangers to bees, butterflies and birds.) These beetles are on track to kill every single ash tree here in Minnesota – that’s nearly 2 million trees in the metro area alone.

A loss of this scale is a hazard to our residents’ health because trees help pull ozone, fine particulates and other pollution out of the air. Trees also reduce the heat island effect in a city and reduce stress. For people who have heart or lung disease, trees do save lives. And larger trees do more than smaller trees.

Counties around the country that have already seen emerald ash borers wipe out their ash trees have also seen increased mortality from heart and lung disease. Based on the numbers of trees we expect to lose from emerald ash borers, we would expect to see heart and lung disease result in 100 more deaths in Minneapolis.

Published Feb 12, 2018



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