City offers residents one-time deal on trees

The city is offering residents 1,000 ways to make Minneapolis a little greener.

In a one-time effort to help repair some of the damage caused during the past year by storms and Dutch elm disease, the city is making 1,000 trees available to residents for $15 each. Residents can order one tree per address and trees will be given on a first-come, first-served basis.

Upon arrival, each tree will be approximately 6-feet high with a trunk that measures about one and one-fourth inches in diameter. The four varieties of trees available are autumn spire maple, autumn brilliance serviceberry, bicolor oak and Black Hills spruce.

&#8220They'll be a nice tree to have in your yard,” said Lorrie Stromme with the City of Minneapolis, adding that all of the trees are locally grown.

All trees must be ordered by April 15. Residents who order a tree must pick it up on either May 13 from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. at the Xcel Energy Riverside Plant, 3100 Marshall St. NE, or May 20 from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. at Jenny Lind School, 900 50th Ave. N.

The Tree Trust is also offering free workshops for residents interested in learning how to care for their trees. The session will include how to identify insect and disease problems, hazardous trees and other tree health issues. The workshops will be held April 4 from 6:30-8 p.m. at Northeast Bank at 77 Broadway Ave. NE and April 8 from 10 a.m.-noon at the Nokomis Community Center at 2401 E. Minnehaha Pkwy.

To order a tree, go to Mayor R.T. Rybak's Web site at www.ci.minneapolis.mn.us/mayor or the Tree Trust Web site at www.treetrust.org. For more information, contact Lorrie Stromme with the city at 612-673-2003 or Mimi Hottinger with Tree Trust at 651-644-5800.