Minneapolis to replace trees lost in tornado

Two hundred trees are available for Minneapolis residents affected by the recent tornado. Many trees were uprooted or broken during the storm and city leaders want to help residents replace those lost trees.

Five varieties of trees are available: Triumph Elm, Autumn Splendor Buckeye, Valley Forge Elm, Ironwood and Blue Beech. The trees cost $25 each, and they are six to 10 feet tall with a one-inch trunk.

“Our urban forest is one of the things that make Minneapolis so beautiful, and after the tornado our tree canopy needs some extra help,” said Mayor R.T. Rybak. “Immediately after the storm struck, City crews were hard at work cleaning up debris and helping residents. Providing trees to replace those lost is just another way that the City is responding to this disaster, to help our residents rebuild their yards and neighborhoods.”

“We feel attached to our trees,” said Eighth Ward Council Member Elizabeth Glidden. “Our trees give our yards character, they shade our homes and make our neighborhoods welcoming. Planting a tree symbolizes hope, and restoring a tree after a disaster is one of the things we can do to begin again with something positive.”

Minneapolis residents in the tornado area can order a tree from Tree Trust at www.treetrust.org/orderhere or (651) 644-5800. Residents can order one tree per household, and trees will be available on a first-come, first-served basis. Any trees remaining between Sept. 11 and Sept. 18 will be made available to residents throughout Minneapolis.

Trees can be picked up at the parking lot of the former Northrop School at 1611 46th Street East in Minneapolis Saturday, Sept. 26 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Residents must be available to pick up the tree at this time. Volunteers will be on hand to help load your new tree and complimentary bag of mulch in to your vehicle. The City is partnering with United Way Caring Connection to recruit volunteers to assist residents who need help planting their new tree.

These trees are for private yards; the Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board is developing a plan for boulevard tree plantings in the affected areas for the spring.

Since 2006, the City Trees program, which is funded by the City of Minneapolis, has provided a low-cost way for folks to help build the city’s urban tree forest. The City Trees program is a partnership between the City of Minneapolis and Tree Trust, a local nonprofit that works to improve the community environment.

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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