Oklahoma City residents will soon have the opportunity to receive free trees, thanks to the fact that the city, in an effort to replenish the thousands of trees that were damaged by the ice storms in 2007, will be offering another round of 1,000 trees.
Oklahoma City and the Tree Bank started giving away 1,000 trees each year after the damage from the 2007 ice storms, and now 1,000 more trees will be added to the 5,500 trees that have already been planted. This year, the Apache Foundation is providing the funds for the program through a grant.
Residents who want a tree to plant on their property can apply on October 9, 2012 at 9:00 a.m. The trees will be given on a first-come, first-serve basis, and only Oklahoma City residents can apply. Species of trees that will be given away include cedar elms, Chinese pistaches, shantung maples, and Shumard oaks. These trees are well-suited for the weather and soil of Oklahoma and will be available for pickup on November 3.
In addition to tree giving, Oklahoma City also offers other related city programs. The city offers gardening classes in the summer and maintains a book about local trees and planting guidelines.