Free tree distribution event Monday at 11 a.m. at Cedar Rapids

325 trees will be available, first come, first served, in six species types

The trees are being prepared for picking up at a tree distribution event in April in Cedar Rapids. This Monday, 325 trees will be available for free in the parking lot of the Veterans Memorial Stadium. (The Gazette)

CEDAR RAPIDS – Monday from 11 am to 1 pm, Trees Forever will partner with International Paper and the Arbor Day Foundation to distribute 325 trees in the parking lot of Veterans Memorial Stadium, 950 Rockford Rd. SW.

The trees will be free for members of the community. Six species will be proposed to help create a diverse and resilient forest cover with natural benefits for the local ecosystem. Trees will be offered on a first come, first served basis, with a limit of one tree per vehicle, and will be approximately four to seven feet tall on the day of pickup. Species include bur oak, bald cypress, locust, white oak, ginkgo, and tulip trees.

“We know that the owners have lost thousands of trees on their properties because of the derecho. This generous support from International Paper and the Arbor Day Foundation will help bring shade and beauty back to our community, ”said Kiley Miller, President of Trees Forever. and CEO.

“We are committed to making a positive impact on the Cedar Rapids community,” said Derek Depuydt, Plant Manager at International Paper’s Cedar River Mill. “Arbor Day Foundation and Trees Forever have been amazing partners in making this event possible and we are thrilled to help replenish some of the canopy that was lost in the derecho last year.”

“We are proud to encourage and support local efforts to plant trees. Cities around the world that line their streets and fill their parks with trees are building healthier and happier communities, ”said Dan Lambe, President of the Arbor Day Foundation.

Trees provide vast benefits for the community as a whole. Thriving urban forests enhance human health, from encouraging physical activity to reducing respiratory illnesses from air pollution. In the United States, the park’s trees alone remove about 75,000 tonnes ($ 500 million) of air pollution each year. And urban trees reduce the runoff of sediment, pollutants and organic matter into waterways, improving the quality of our water. Trees have also been shown to reduce crime, lower stress levels, and build community pride.

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