Free Trees for Affected Residents
posted about 7 years ago by Chris from Supporting Resilient Communities, Inc.
The City of Oklahoma City is partnering with the Tree Bank Foundation and OSU-OKC to host the “Great OKC Tree Give-Away.”
Eight hundred free trees will be available to Oklahoma City residents who live in areas affected by the May storms through on-line or phone registration beginning October 9. The program is funded through a grant from the Houston-based Apache Foundation.
This year’s tree give-away targets residents who lost trees in the storm-affected areas. The program is open only to citizens living inside the corporate limits of Oklahoma City. Having an Oklahoma City utilities bill is not a sole qualifier.
Registration: Citizens who want a free tree must pre-register for one. Registration begins Wednesday, October 9 at 9 a.m. and will remain open as long as inventory lasts. There are two ways to register:
- Oklahoma City citizens may go online to www.okc.gov/releaf and click on the registration link.
- Citizens without computer or Internet access may call 602-3050.
After citizens have registered, the City will verify addresses for eligibility, and send a confirmation postcard in the mail that will be required to claim the tree on the distribution day.
The types of trees available include maples, oaks, junipers, hollies, redbuds, crape myrtles and sycamores. Registrants will not be able to select individual tree types in advance, and availability will be on a first-come, first-served basis on the day of distribution.
Tree Distribution: The trees will be distributed on Saturday, October 26 at the OSU-OKC Physical Plant, 900 North Portland Avenue. Distribution is only available to those who registered for trees in advance. Residents picking up their trees must bring a photo ID and their registration confirmation card. Trees can be easily transported in a car or light truck.
“We cannot begin to estimate the number of trees lost during May’s severe weather,” said Aubrey Hammontree of the City’s Planning Department. “We’re grateful for the generosity and hard work of the Apache Foundation and Tree Bank Foundation over the past several years in providing over 6,000 free trees to citizens who are working to re-establish our urban canopy.”
This marks the seventh time the City has partnered with the Tree Bank Foundation for the “Great OKC Tree Give-Away.”
For complete program details or questions, visit www.okc.gov/releaf, or call 297-3006.
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