Re-Leaf CDA offers residents free street trees
From the Coeur d’Alene Park Department Urban Forestry Division:
The City of Coeur d’Alene has announced the availability of street trees to be planted in public right-of-way areas within the city limits through the CDA Releaf program.
Trees are planted at no cost to the homeowner to enhance our neighborhoods. Trees reduce air pollution, increase oxygen in the air, mitigate stormwater runoff, buffer noises, lower energy costs, increase property value and much more!
Priority will be given this year to targeted areas including new neighborhoods (less than 10 years old) and residential properties near the downtown area, south of Sherman Avenue and west of 15th Street.
The young trees are available to homeowners or residents who are willing to provide care, including watering and protecting from mowers and trimmers. Interested residents should contact the Urban Forestry Division of the Coeur d’Alene Parks Department to sign up for a street tree. There are a limited number of trees and they will be distributed on a first-come, first-served basis.
Funding for the trees has come from a street tree fee collected on residential building permits. The owners of the homes whose street tree fees have been forfeited are the first choice for using these funds. The city has already contacted those property owners. However, there are still some trees unclaimed.
The tree species still available are honey locust, white ash, black tupelo, hackberry, pin oak, flowering pear, littleleaf linden and ginkgo. The trees will be planted by contract tree planting crews in April and May. Since there are a limited number of trees, interested homeowners are encouraged to reply as soon as possible.
More information and a response form are available online at www.cdaidparks.org. You can also send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org, or call the Urban Forestry division of the Parks Department at 769-2266.