Free trees available for Rockford

Neighborhood Network and the Releaf the Forest City Coalition are looking for neighborhood groups interested in receiving free trees to plant. The trees are donated by Commonwealth Edison and will be available for fall planting in Rockford’s neighborhoods.

“We are not certain how many or what types of trees will be available,” said Janet Hill of Neighborhood Network. “We are asking interested neighborhood groups to contact us by no later than July 1, 2004, with a request for an approximate number of trees they would like to receive.”

Send requests to:

Neighborhood Network

307 S. Third St.

Rockford, IL 61104

Trees will be distributed this fall according to the order in which requests are received. Releaf the Forest City Coalition will assist neighborhood groups in obtaining the trees and will sponsor a workshop to provide educational materials about selection, planting and care. Commitment to care for the trees is the responsibility of the residents who receive them.

Releaf the Forest City is a coalition of organizations formed after the devastating storm that tore through Rockford in July 2003. The coalition helps individuals and organizations select trees that will grow well in this area and teaches them how to plant and maintain them. Research has shown that trees make neighborhoods more livable, reduce crime, increase property values and enhance community pride.

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