City partnering with nonprofit to sell trees to residents for $15

The city is making up to 1,500 trees available to residents this spring at a significantly reduced price.

The tree program is through a partnership between the city and a local nonprofit called Tree Trust. For $15, residents can get a tree that's between six and 10 feet tall.

The city is funding the program for its second year as a way to help residents plant trees in their yards and build the city's urban forest.

&#8220They also improve air quality, fight global warming, keep the city cooler, and reduce polluting stormwater runoff. It's a great investment in our community,” Mayor R.T. Rybak said.

Orders are limited to one tree per household, and the 1,500 trees are available on a first-come, first-serve basis. Tree varieties include birch, oak, pine, serviceberry, hawthorn and a disease-resistant elm.

They can be requested at www.treetrust.org or through your neighborhood group. To order by phone, call 651-644-5800. Trees must be ordered by April 15, and folks will need to pick the trees between May 19 and May 22 at Lincoln Elementary School, at 2131 12th Ave. N.

A tree planting and care workshop will be held Thursday, March 29 at Nokomis Recreation Center, 2401 E. Minnehaha Parkway, from 6 to 8:30 p.m. To reserve a place at a workshop, call 651-644-5800.