ELKINS – The Town of Elkins Tree Board Adopt-A-Tree program returns this fall with the goal of planting more saplings throughout the town.
The Adopt-A-Tree program offers a free sapling to selected homeowners in each of the city’s five neighborhoods. The application deadline for residents is Friday October 15.
Members of the Elkins Tree Board are encouraging residents of the five neighborhoods interested in adopting a tree to complete the application.
“The owner of the selected tree is committed to taking care of the tree for at least three years and the members of the board can provide advice throughout this period. “ according to a press release from the Town of Elkins.
“Young trees should be planted in front of the house or business and the type of tree will vary depending on the location of the site. Preferred locations are in the designated tree lawn – the grassy area between the street and the sidewalk – to help create a refreshing green awning. The owner will be responsible for planting the tree within two weeks of receiving it.
“The aim of the program is to refresh the streetscape, provide shade for those walking on city sidewalks and encourage everyone to plant more trees in the city.” states of liberation.
“The benefits of planting trees are many. Not only do trees improve the aesthetics of a neighborhood, they also help decrease water runoff, lower air conditioning costs, and reduce noise pollution. Most importantly, trees remove significant amounts of carbon dioxide from the air. The excess carbon dioxide in the atmosphere is the main factor contributing to climate change ”, the press release reads.
Nominations are available online at the Elkins Friends of Trees Facebook page and the Town of Elkins website, as well as at Elkins Town Hall at 401 Davis Ave.
The deadline for submission is October 14 and the trees will be distributed by October 30, officials said. For more information, contact Marilynn Cuonzo, President, Elkins Tree Board, at 304-636-5900 or [email protected]
The Elkins Tree Board of Directors meets on the first Tuesday of each month at 5:30 p.m. in the Darden House, next to Town Hall. The public is invited to attend.