Minneapolis property owners can
sign up for lottery to buy a $25 tree

Enter lottery by noon March 20

Thanks to overwhelming popularity, the City’s $25 trees program will operate by lottery this year. Minneapolis property owners can enter the lottery any time from March 13 to noon March 20. Lottery entrants will hear back by March 22. About 1,000 property owners will be able to order a $25 five- to eight-foot tree.

Fifteen varieties available this year include large species, flowering trees and several kinds of fruit trees. Any Minneapolis property owner can register in the lottery to order a tree to plant on private Minneapolis property this spring. Comparable trees cost about $125 at a nursery.

In the past 11 years, the City Trees program has provided more than 12,000 trees for planting on private property. The City Trees program helps meet Minneapolis’ health goal focusing on the well-being of people and the environment. Since 2006, the City of Minneapolis has funded the City Trees program, a low-cost way for folks to help build the city’s tree canopy.

Healthy trees look beautiful in our neighborhoods, increase property values, help clean the air we breathe, save on our energy bills with strategic planting, keep the city cooler in the summer, provide homes for wildlife and help manage stormwater. Larger trees offer all these benefits on a larger scale.

Share this video and spread the word about helping our urban forest

Healthy trees are an important part of our quality of life in Minneapolis, but they need our help. Share this short video about some of the benefits of our urban forest and how we can help.

Critical need for planting more trees

Emerald ash borers are beetles that attack and kill ash trees, and they are present in Minneapolis trees. The Park Board expects all of the ash trees in Minneapolis to die from emerald ash borers. That’s more than 200,000 on public and private land – a loss of one-fifth of Minneapolis’ urban forest. (No pesticides can be recommended because of dangers to bees, butterflies and birds.) These beetles are on track to kill every single ash tree here in Minnesota – that’s nearly 2 million trees in the metro area alone.

A loss of this scale is a hazard to our residents’ health because trees help pull ozone, fine particulates and other pollution out of the air. Trees also reduce the heat island effect in a city and reduce stress. For people who have heart or lung disease, trees do save lives. And larger trees do more than smaller trees.

Counties around the country that have already seen emerald ash borers wipe out their ash trees have also seen increased mortality from heart and lung disease. Based on the numbers of trees we expect to lose from emerald ash borers, we would expect to see heart and lung disease result in 100 more deaths in Minneapolis.

Published Mar 16, 2017

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