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Make Minneapolis (and your yard) a greener place by ordering a tree!

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  • Hillary Oppmann
    Message 1 of 1 , Mar 12, 2008
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      > News Release
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      > View this release online at www.ci.minneapolis.mn.us/newsroom
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      > Make Minneapolis (and your yard) a greener place by ordering a tree!
      > 1,000 trees are available for just $25 each through the City Trees
      > program
      >
      > The City of Minneapolis is making 1,000 trees available to city
      > residents for planting this spring. Minneapolis funds the City Trees
      > program, which is in its third year, to provide a low-cost way for folks
      > to help build the city's urban tree forest.
      >
      > Research has proven that trees are a valuable investment and improve
      > urban quality of life. Healthy trees 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 storm water.
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      > To make the City Trees program a reality, Minneapolis partners with Tree
      > Trust, a local nonprofit that works to improve the community
      > environment.
      >
      > Ordering a tree:
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      > The trees cost $25 each, and are approximately 6-to-10 feet tall with a
      > 1 inch trunk. Residents can order one tree per household, and the 1,000
      > trees will be made available on a first-come, first-served basis.
      > Residents can choose from five tree varieties, including Bicolor Oak,
      > Fall Fiesta Sugar Maple, Pagoda Dogwood, Japanese Tree Lilac or Welchi
      > Juniper.
      >
      > Orders can be placed online between March 11 and April 11 by visiting
      > Tree Trust at www.treetrust.org or by picking up an order form from your
      > neighborhood group or local library. Tree pick-up dates are May 10 and
      > 11 from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. and May 12 from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. at the former
      > Franklin Middle School East parking lot at 1501 Aldrich Avenue N.
      > Volunteers will be available to help load your new tree and
      > complimentary bag of mulch in to your vehicle.
      >
      > Information will be available online and at the tree pick-up site that
      > will explain how to plant a tree the right way, how to care for it, and
      > the benefits it will provide.
      >
      > For more information on how to order a tree, contact Tree Trust by
      > visiting www.treetrust.org or by calling (651) 644-5800. You can also
      > contact Tree Trust to receive hard copies of the applications if you
      > would like to be able to distribute them to your group. It is
      > anticipated that the 1,000 trees will again go quickly so please
      > encourage people to call as soon as possible.
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