Tree Trust provides trees to North Minneapolis homeowners

Tree Trust, a local nonprofit, is offering 300 trees to homeowners innorth Minneapolis who lost trees on their property during the May 22 tornado. This project, part of Tree Trusts North Minneapolis Reforest Project, is funded by grants from State Farm Insurance and Xcel Energy Foundation, and an in-kind donation from Bachmans Nursery. Other project partners include the City of Minneapolis and Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board.

Homeowners in the area affected by the tornado will have the opportunity to obtain up to two trees to plant per property. Trees may be purchased for $20 each, or homeowners may attend a free, one-hour workshop on proper tree planting and tree care to have the fees waived. Tree Trust will offer three separate workshops in late September. Those who wish to attend a workshop must indicate this at the time of order.

Species of trees available and how-to-order 

Four species of trees will be available for order. Varieties available are: prairiefire crabapple, autumn brilliance serviceberry, northern hackberry and royal star magnolia. 

Orders will be accepted beginning Sept. 1. To find out how, visit www.treetrust.org/orderhere. Trees are available first-come, first-served, and all orders must be placed by 5 p.m., Sept. 15.

Tree pick up

Tree pickup will take place on Sunday, October 2 from noon to 4 p.m., and Monday, October 3 from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. at the Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board headquarters (2117 West River Road). Trees must be claimed during the pick up or the purchaser will forfeit the tree and money paid. If the purchaser is unable to pick up the tree they are encouraged to make arrangements to have someone else pick up their tree on their behalf. There will be no refunds for trees that don't get picked up or that die.

Volunteers will be available at the pickup location to help load tree(s) and a complimentary bag(s) of mulch. Tree Trust will plant a limited number of trees for those unable to plant their tree. These trees will be planted by Tree Trust staff and trained volunteers during a planting day in early October. Those interested in having their trees planted must indicate this at the time of order.

Donations (Tax-deductible) accepted

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.

Published Aug 25, 2011