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.
“They 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.