Mayor Gavin Buckley
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Annapolis, Maryland 21401
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Free Trees! City of Annapolis is Giving Away Trees
as Part of ‘Community Canopy Program’
Annapolis, MD (September 30, 2021) – The City of Annapolis is giving away trees for residents to plant in their yard - free trees. The City’s goal is to increase its urban tree canopy, which benefits residents by capturing carbon, catching stormwater runoff, and reducing energy consumption and utility bills through proper placement of the trees. Plus, trees beautify the City, provide homes for wildlife, and enhance property values.
The initiative, called the “Community Canopy Program,” is a partnership between the City and the Arbor Day Foundation. Households may request up to four trees from a custom web portal (www.arborday.org/annapolis).
The program is only available to residents within Annapolis City limits. Trees are shipped directly and include Black Tupelo, Eastern Redbud, Northern Red Oak, Red Maple and American Sycamore. All of the trees are appropriate for USDA Zone 7, which includes the City of Annapolis (Zone 7b).
“We all need to do what we can to reduce our carbon footprint,” said Mayor Gavin Buckley. “This free tree program is a great way to do that and to get the entire community involved in the greening of Annapolis.”
The available trees and their features include:
The website will assist you with optimal tree placement to reduce energy consumption. Other factors to consider include:
What size tree fits the spot? Consider the mature size of the tree BEFORE you plant. Consider that you may need a large amount of open space for not only the tree, but also for root growth.
Will the tree interferewith utility lines? Always look overhead when you consider the mature size of the tree. In addition, check for underground utilities before digging. Call Miss Utility: (800) 257-7777.
Will the tree need full sun, filtered sun, or shade? Consider how much sun is available for your new tree. In addition, consider how much shade the tree may one day provide and take into account the needs of your existing plants.
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