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Paynesville Press - March 22, 2006

City offers free trees to residents

By Michael Jacobson

The city of Paynesville has received 61 trees through the MnReleaf Project, which are available to city residents to plant in their yard or boulevards.

The city's Tree City USA status helped it get the grant, said interim city administrator and public works director Ron Mergen. The trees can be used to replace trees lost to street construction or to Dutch elm disease or for energy conservation (by planting them to the east or west of the residence).

The city is getting 51 deciduous trees and 10 Black Hills Spruce. The deciduous trees are all about one inch in diameter (approximately eight-feet tall). The Black Hills Spruce are roughly three-feet tall.

Types of deciduous trees are: sugar maple (12); red maple (12); green ash (8); amur maple (6); swamp white oak (4); American linden (3); red splendor (3); and snow crab (3).

Any resident interested in receiving a tree and planting it in their yard should fill out an appliation at city hall. Residents must designate where they plan to plant their trees, and city staff will verify the location during a site visit.

Trees will be available for pick up at J.B. Wimmer Landscaping, Nursery, and Garden Center by mid-April. Residents will need to listen to a short session on tree planting and tree care when picking up their trees. Trees should be planted in May and must be planted by the end of June.

Trees will be awarded on a first-come, first-served basis to city residents. Any leftover trees will be planted in city parks and other public spaces.

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