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Posted on: September 11, 2020

Rochester Hills is Offering Free Trees to Homeowners Through Our New Community Canopy Program

This fall, in addition to our annual street tree program, the City is providing 200 free trees to homeowners to plant on their private property through the Arbor Day Foundation’s Community Canopy program. This program, funded through the City’s Tree Fund, is one that helps clean the air and water, reduce stormwater runoff, and sequester carbon and lower energy usage through strategic residential tree planting. It is another example of why the City of Rochester Hills has and continues to be a Tree City USA community for 30 years.

Through Community Canopy, residents reserve trees using an online mapping tool that takes the guesswork out of where to plant the tree on a specific property to help maximize the trees air, water, energy and carbon benefits. On a community level, it helps in replacing trees and our community’s tree canopy lost to pests, disease, storm damage, safety concerns, and development.

Beginning today, residents can reserve their free trees at www.arborday.org/rochesterhills Customers can reserve up to two trees that they will be sent and are expected to plant and care for in the location chosen through the online tool. The types of trees offered include the following: Redbud, Serviceberry, White Oak, Swamp White Oak, and White Pine. The number of trees the city has available is limited this fall, so sign up now!

Community Canopy allows residents to strategically plant trees to reduce their energy costs. Carefully positioned trees can reduce a household’s energy consumption for heating and cooling by up to 25 percent. Computer models devised by the U.S. Department of Energy predict that proper placement of only three trees can save an average household between $100 and $250 in energy costs annually.
Trees also offer vast benefits for the community at large. Thriving urban forests bolster human health, from encouraging physical activity to reducing respiratory illnesses stemming from air pollution. In the United States, park trees alone remove about 75,000 tons ($500 million) of air pollution each year. And urban trees reduce runoff of sediment, pollutants, and organic matter into streams, improving our water quality. Trees have also been shown to reduce crime, lower stress levels, and develop community pride.

Questions about planting trees in Rochester Hills, this specific program, or other forestry programs visit www.rochesterhills.org/forestry or contact us at 248-656-4673.
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