Arbor Day Foundation offers free trees

CLARION Everyone who joins the Arbor Day Foundation in September will receive 10 free trees as part of the Foundation's Trees for America program.

Through Trees for America, everyone is encouraged to plant trees, which benefit the environment and improve the quality of life. With nearly 1 million members and supporters, the Arbor Day Foundation is the nation's largest nonprofit organization dedicated to planting trees.

Everyone who joins this month will receive one of the following tree packages based on their location: 10 Arizona cypress, 10 live oak or 10 mix trees including eastern redbud, white pine, sugar maple, white flowering dogwood, pin oak, red maple, river birch, silver maple, northern red oak and Colorado blue spruce.

"These trees are carefully selected to yield year-round benefits, including beautiful spring flowers, cool summer shade, spectacular autumn colors, winter berries, and nesting sites for songbirds," said Matt Harris, chief executive of the Arbor Day Foundation.

"These trees will also add to the proud heritage of your state's Tree City USA communities." Harris continued. "For the past 43 years, Tree City USA has supported effective urban forestry management across the country and planting these trees will enhance this tree-planting tradition."

The trees will be shipped postpaid at the right time for planting between Oct. 15and Dec. 10 with easy-to-follow enclosed planting instructions. The 6- to 12-inch trees are guaranteed to grow or they will be replaced free of charge.

New members of the Arbor Day Foundation will also receive The Tree Book, which includes information about tree planting and care.

To become a member of the foundation and to receive the 10 free trees, visit arborday.org/September or send a $10 membership contribution to: Arbor Day Foundation, Ten Trees, 100 Arbor Avenue, Nebraska City, Neb. 68410 by Sept. 30.