Tuesday, July 23, 2024

Tree Alliance to give away 334 trees

Alliance for Cape Fear Trees volunteers. (Courtesy Alliance for Cape Fear Trees)

WILMINGTON — The Alliance for Cape Fear Trees will distribute hundreds of trees in partnership with Arbor Day Foundation’s Community Tree Recovery program and Verizon.

More than 300 3-gallon trees will be available March 4, 9 a.m. to noon, or until the inventory runs out. The giveaway will take place at Hugh Morton Amphitheater at Greenfield Lake.

The selection is first-come, first-serve and there is a limit of two trees per person, with consideration given to quantities of and demand for the most popular species.

Native species available includes American elm, brandywine maple, October glory maple, Armstrong maple, river birch, Shumard Oak, bicolor oak, willow oak, overcup oak, American elm and others. 

Arborists will be present to help residents select species appropriate to their planting conditions and provide planting advice. 

The City of Wilmington will also give away mulch; residents are asked to bring their own containers.

“We are so grateful for our continued partnership with Arbor Day Foundation and their Community Tree Recovery program,” Alliance President Connie Parker said in a release. “This partnership alone has already delivered more than 12,000 trees to Wilmington through previous community tree giveaways and tree plantings. We have seen that Wilmington residents are eager to replenish their tree canopy.”

The tree giveaway is intended to help replace those damaged or destroyed by weather events. 

“By replacing trees damaged or lost by previous storms, we can help to ensure that Wilmington will continue to enjoy the benefits of a healthy canopy, from cleaning our air and water, to mitigating flooding and bolstering our mental health,” Dan Lambe, president of the Arbor Day Foundation, said in the release.

This event adds to Verizon’s goal of planting 20 million trees worldwide by 2030.

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