Free elm trees now available under Matching Grant Program

The new Matching Tree Grant Program for 2006 has been announced by Elm Research Institute (ERI), a nonprofit organization based in Keene, N.H. This unique, community-oriented promotion features disease-resistant American Liberty Elms, which are the only street-proven, purebred, native American elms with a Lifetime Warranty against Dutch elm disease.

Here’s how the Matching Tree Grant Program works: For every inch of caliper purchased, in trees 3 inch caliper and larger, ERI will donate an equal total in 1 inch or 2 inch caliper trees to be presented as a gift to the municipality of your choice for planting on public property.

Example: Should the town, a local business or resident purchase (1) 6-inch tree and ERI donates (3) 2-inch caliper, valued at $300 each, as a tax deductible gift, to a community or college of your choice. This tree grant will help Elm Research Institute fulfill its mission to “Re-elm” the streets of America. Contact Elm Research Institute for all the details of this unique offer. Receiving cities pay only for shipping charges for the gift trees. These trees are not available from commercial nurseries…you can get them only from Elm Research Institute.

Tree specifiers eligible

“Liberty Elms have become extremely popular with new homeowners, builders, landscape architects, developers and contractors,”says John P. Hansel, founder of ERI. “We will extend the Matching Tree Grant Program to those who are specifying and planting American Liberty Elms.”

The American Liberty Elms, with their classic American elm form, lend themselves to many landscape designs, including elm-lined drives, elm groves, and specimen elms in choice locations. As the elms mature, they raise their wide canopies to heights that afford clear views of the architectural details of buildings and deep shade for people to enjoy.

Having elms as a landscape element again, designers can continue the tradition of Fredrick Law Olmsted, who included American elms in his plans for the U.S. Capitol grounds, New York City’s Central Park and other projects.

Liberty Elms…field tested for more than 20 years

The American Liberty Elm, during its research phase, showed superior resistance to disease fungus inoculations in eight successive years, the Institute reports. Now the tree has had more than 20 years of “street testing,” growing in communities where Dutch elm disease is present. ERI calls this “the ultimate field test.” Losses among the more than 300,000 trees distributed have been less than 1 percent. “With more elms now on the market claiming resistance,” Hansel says, “you need to ask the right questions. As a consumer, you have the right to inquire about the origin and track record of any elm you are considering.”

For more information about the Matching Tree Grant Program, phone Elm Research Institute at 1-800-367-3567 (FOR-ELMS), online at or write Elm Research Institute, 11 Kit St, Keene, NH 03431. Individuals may also get a free 2-3 ft. tree with a $45 membership.

From the Jan. 18-24, 2006, issue

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