Free Trees for Emerson East Residents

Free trees available to residents in eleven Madison neighborhoods

The Urban Tree Alliance, a nonprofit organization based in Madison, is offering one or two free trees to residents in eleven neighborhoods across Madison. All residents of the Allied Dunn’s Marsh, Berkley Oaks, Bram’s Addition, Burr Oaks, Capitol View, Carpenter-Ridgeway, Eken Park, Emerson East, Hawthorne, Whitetail Ridge, and Worthington Park neighborhoods are eligible to receive up to two free trees.

The goal of the Madison Canopy Project is to plant five hundred trees in underserved and low-canopy neighborhoods within the Madison Urban Area by the spring of 2015.  Our hope is to strengthen the Madison urban forest by increasing species diversity and helping the public learn how to care for trees.

Urban forests provide many benefits to city dwellers. Trees remove air pollutants, lessen home heating and cooling costs, increase property values, provide habitat for wildlife, absorb noise, capture stormwater, and even reduce stress and speed healing in hospital patients. Research has demonstrated that low income urban areas typically have less canopy cover (fewer trees) than high income areas, and Madison is no exception.

With the help of volunteers, the Urban Tree Alliance planted forty-two trees in June, and we will continue to plant additional trees each month through October.

Residents who accept a free tree can plant it themselves, have a group of volunteers led by UTA staff plant the tree for them, or even volunteer to join us in planting trees in their neighborhood.

An important aim of the Madison Canopy Project is to increase the species diversity of Madison’s urban forest. Diversity makes urban forests more resilient and lessens the overall damage caused by diseases and pests such as the emerald ash borer. For this reason, UTA is planting species that are less commonly found in Madison, such as the burr oak, chinquapin oak, musclewood, serviceberry, Illinois pecan, catalpa, and Kentucky coffee tree.

Anyone who lives in one of the eleven neighborhoods we mentioned can request up to two free trees.  Maps of neighborhood boundaries are available on the UTA website at http://www.urbantreealliance.org/resources/madison-canopy-project/.  Residents should also have enough space on their property for a new tree to spread out and fully develop.

To request a tree and get more information about the Madison Canopy Project, please visit our website at http://www.urbantreealliance.org/resources/madison-canopy-project/ or call Patricia Lindquist (Project Coordinator/UTA Associate Director) at 556-5331.  You may also email Patricia with questions: patricia@urbantreealliance.org

This project is supported in part by funding from a Wisconsin DNR Urban Forestry Grant and a donation from Madison Gas and Electric.

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