‘Trick or Tree’: Free tree distribution in Lancaster County scheduled for Saturday

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LINCOLN, Neb. (KLKN) – Homeowners in Lincoln and Lancaster County are invited to a free tree distribution on Saturday at 8 a.m. at Mahoney Park.

“Trick or Tree” is sponsored by the Arbor Day Foundation, Lincoln South Rotary Club, Rotary District 5650, Lincoln Parks Foundation and Lincoln Parks and Recreation.

Each vehicle is allowed one tree, which will be distributed on a first-come, first-served basis. Only 250 trees will be available at the event.

The locally grown trees are distributed in 3-gallon containers and include planting and care instructions.

Species include white pine, ponderosa pine, Colorado spruce, Black Hills spruce, red oak, chinkapin oak, bur pak, Princeton American elm, black cherry, prairie gold quaking aspen, Kentucky coffeetree, common hackberry, northern catalpa, hybrid chestnut and shadblow serviceberry.

For the safety of participants and volunteers, people must remain in their cars while volunteers load trees into their vehicles.

The event is part of the Arbor Day Foundation Community Tree Recovery program to replace trees that have been damaged and destroyed by storms or the emerald ash borer.

“We are so grateful for the Arbor Day Foundation and supporting partners,” Maggie Stuckey-Ross, Lincoln Parks director, said in a press release. “These trees will make a significant difference in our community for years to come. I encourage all residents of Lincoln and Lancaster County to take advantage of this opportunity to receive a free tree to plant in their yards.”

The event is geared toward distributing trees to homeowners in low and moderate-income neighborhoods who have experienced tree loss.

The emerald ash borer was first discovered in Lincoln in August 2018.  Lincoln’s recovery plan includes the phased removal of public ash trees along streets and in parks.

A diverse mix of trees will be planted to replace the removed trees.

Residents may apply to participate in the Adopt-an-Ash program, which allows them to voluntarily pay for chemical injection treatment to extend the lives of ash trees near their homes.

For more information about the free tree distribution, visit lincoln.ne.gov/treegiveaway.

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