The Delaware Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control’s Division of Watershed Stewardship Nonpoint Source Program is offering a free tree to Delaware residents in partnership with the Delaware Forest Service’s Urban and Community Forestry program within the Department of Agriculture.
The free tree program is part of the Arbor Day Foundation's Community Canopy Project to expand tree canopies in cities and towns across the country. Trees can be reserved at arborday.org/delaware.
Trees planted in strategic locations around a house can provide homeowners with numerous benefits, including cleaner air and water, improved property values, less stormwater runoff and flooding and lower energy bills through reduced heating and cooling costs.
An online tool — bit.ly/2OAlnKy — helps Delawareans estimate the annual energy savings that can result from planting trees in the most strategic location near their homes or businesses. Residents can reserve one tree per household and are expected to care for and plant their trees in the location suggested by the online tool. Quantities of trees are limited, and the types of trees offered include American sycamore, black tupelo, shadblow, serviceberry, swamp white oak and tulip tree.
The program will continue until all trees are reserved. Smaller trees will be delivered directly to homeowners at their mailing address. The larger two-to-four-foot tall trees will be available for pickup from 3 to 7 p.m. Oct. 26 and 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Oct. 27 at the Delaware Department of Agriculture, 2320 S. Dupont Highway, Dover.
For more, call 855-234-3801.