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Community Canopy program returns

Registration for free trees starts April 15

Post Date:04/12/2019 4:00 PM

Contact:  Jan Thornburg, Sr. Communications Manager   941-954-2613


Sarasota, FL:  The Community Canopy program, which gives away free trees to help expand the urban canopy while reducing energy bills, will return to the City of Sarasota Monday, April 15.  In partnership with the Arbor Day Foundation and the Florida Forest Service, the City will provide 250 trees to residents at no cost.  

 Starting Monday, April 15 at midnight, City residents can reserve their free trees at   Please note:  Access to the website will become available at midnight Community Canopy, treeon Monday, April 15.

Two trees per household can be reserved during this giveaway.

On the website, residents can use a calculator tool to estimate the annual energy savings from planting a tree in the most strategic location on their property. Participants are expected to care for the tree and plant it in the location specified by the online tool.

 Three species of trees will be offered:

  • Dahoon holly
  • Live oak
  • Red maple

 All the species are native trees, sourced from within Florida.  The trees will be delivered to the resident’s home in a one gallon container.

 “As the trees grow so do the benefits to the community, with less carbon and cleaner air and water,” said Sustainability Manager Stevie Freeman-Montes.  “Since 2017, 559 trees have been planted in Sarasota through the Community Canopy program.  Those trees, once mature, will have filtered approximately 25.7 million gallons of stormwater, absorbed 9,000 pounds of air pollutants and captured 3.3 million pounds of carbon.  This is a real impact, creating a healthier environment and more livable Sarasota.”  

This is the fifth Community Canopy tree giveaway for the City.  Including this cycle, 809 trees will have been given away and planted to bolster the urban canopy and help with climate mitigation and adaptation efforts.

The program is funded by the City’s tree replacement fund, which collects a portion of tree removal permit dollars to be used for urban canopy protection programs.  With assistance from a matching grant from the Florida Forest Service, the City is able to give away 250 trees --  twice as many as previous giveaways.

For more information, contact the Arbor Day Foundation:  1-855-234-3801.



About the City of Sarasota:  Distinguished by Google as a Digital Capital in the U.S., the City of Sarasota is a diverse community located on Florida’s Suncoast with 55,000 year-round residents, several internationally recognized cultural arts venues, stunning sunsets along Lido Beach, a 45-hole municipal golf course at the historic Bobby Jones Golf Club, and Major League spring training baseball with the Baltimore Orioles.  Learn more about us at www.SarasotaFL.Gov

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