How to Get Free Trees For Your Rhode Island Property

The Energy-Saving Trees Program is giving away 1,200 free trees to Rhode Island homeowners this spring.

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Registration is now open for the popular Energy-Saving Trees Program. The Department of Environmental Management (DEM), with funding by Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative, is partnering with the RI Tree Council, RI Nursery and Landscape Association and the Arbor Day Foundation in giving away 1,200 free trees to Rhode Island homeowners this spring. Now in its tenth year, this program helps Rhode Islanders save energy and money both today and in the future.

Planting the right tree in the right spot on your property allows you to maximize the energy-saving benefits. Homeowners can save money on energy by shading the home during the summer and even blocking frigid winds during the winter. Since trees give off oxygen, having more of them on your land will also improve air quality. Planting a tree in the right spot will even reduce stormwater runoff and help make your yard look beautiful all year round.

Sign up to reserve your tree in three easy steps that take less than ten minutes. Simply go on the Energy Saving Trees website and map out your home using the interactive mapping tool, select your tree using the list of approved trees and then the one-gallon tree will be mailed to your home starting mid May. There is no need for in-person pickup since the trees will be delivered. All homeowners must meet the program’s requirements and pre-register to reserve their tree.

“We’re especially pleased to offer free trees to Rhode Islanders now, when many of us are spending more time in our backyards because of the public health emergency,” says DEM Director Janet Coit in a statement. “Planting a tree in the right place can improve air quality, sequester carbon, and help manage stormwater runoff. It’s a terrific way for residents to reduce their energy costs today and in the years to come, and a tangible way to stand up to climate change.”For registration assistance, contact the Arbor Day Foundation at 1-855-234-3801. For questions about the Energy-Saving Trees Program, contact Lou Allard, Urban and Community Forestry Program Coordinator in DEM’s Division of Forest Environment at 401-222-2445 ext. 2056 or by email at Robert.e.allard@dem.ri.gov and for more information on DEM’s programs and divisions, visit the DEM website, Facebook or Twitter.

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