Minneapolis Earth Day reminder: Few trees still remain at a discounted price

About 108 trees are still left of 1,300 made available to Minneapolis residents for planting this spring. The trees cost $25 each, and are approximately six feet tall with a one-inch trunk. Residents can order one tree per household, and all trees are available first-come, first-served. In February, emerald ash borer was found in Minneapolis. This pest poses a special threat to the 200,000 ash trees in Minneapolis, which make up more than 20 percent of the City's trees. Planting a new tree now will help start the next generation of trees. 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. 

Varieties of trees available are Fat Albert spruce, Kentucky coffee tree, regal prince oak, Canada select chokecherry and Redmond linden.

Orders for trees can be placed at www.treetrust.org. You can also order a tree by calling (651) 644-5800 or picking up an order form from your local library. The deadline to place your order is April 23.  

Folks who order trees will need to pick them up on one of three days at the Minneapolis Impound Lot, 51 Colfax Ave. N.

Volunteers will be on hand to help load your new tree and complimentary bag of mulch into your vehicle.

Research has proven that trees are a valuable investment and improve urban quality of life. Healthy trees are beautiful, increase property values, help improve air quality, reduce greenhouse gases by absorbing carbon dioxide, save energy, keep the city cooler, provide homes for wildlife and help manage stormwater.

The City Trees program is a partnership between the City of Minneapolis and Tree Trust, a local nonprofit that works to improve the community environment. For more information on how to order a tree, contact Tree Trust at (651) 644-5800.

Published Apr. 16, 2010