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Free Coeur d'Alene trees still available
Free Coeur d'Alene trees still available

From the City of Coeur d’Alene:

Spring is here, and so are free street trees! The city of Coeur d'Alene has young trees that need a home—but you better hurry, there are only 10 trees left. Trees are planted in public right-of-ways in front of homes at no cost to the homeowner.

The city this year is giving away about 200 trees and planting will begin soon, said Katie Kosanke, the city’s urban forester. On Friday, workers from the city Parks Department unloaded 60 trees destined for residences and the downtown area.

In its ninth year, Kosanke estimated the city has given away about 1,200 trees. The young trees are available to residents who are willing to provide care, including watering and protecting them from mowers and trimmers.

“Trees reduce air pollution, increase oxygen in the air, mitigate stormwater runoff, buffer noises, lower energy costs, beautify yards, increase property value and much more,” Kosanke said.

The tree species still available are linden, honeylocust, pin oak, and gingko. Interested parties can contact Kosanke at 769-2266 or email her at kkosanke@cdaid.org. Residents who miss out on a free tree this year can request to be put on a waiting list.

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