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Adopt-a-Tree program returning

ELKINS — The City of Elkins Tree Board Adopt-A-Tree program is returning this fall with the goal of planting more young trees throughout the city.

The Adopt-A-Tree program provides a free young tree to selected homeowners in each of the city’s five wards. The application deadline for residents is Friday, Oct. 15.

Members of the Elkins Tree Board encourage residents in all five wards interested in adopting a tree to fill out the application.

“The selected tree owner commits to taking care of the tree for a minimum of three years and board members can provide advice throughout that period,” a City of Elkins press release states.

“The young trees should be planted in front of the home or business and the type of tree will vary according to the site location. Preferred locations are in the designated tree lawn–the grassy area located between the street and the sidewalk–to help create a green, cooling canopy. The homeowner will be responsible for planting the tree within two weeks of receiving it.

“The goal of the program is to cool the streetscape, provide shade for those walking on city sidewalks and encourage everyone to plant more trees in town,” the release states.

“The benefits of planting trees are numerous. Not only do trees improve the aesthetics of a neighborhood, but they also assist with decreasing water run-off, reducing air-conditioning costs, and muffling noise pollution. Most importantly, trees remove significant amounts of carbon dioxide from the air. Excess carbon dioxide in the atmosphere is the major contributing factor to climate change,” the release reads.

Applications are available online on the Elkins Friends of Trees Facebook page and the City of Elkins website, as well as at Elkins City Hall at 401 Davis Ave.

The deadline for submission is Oct. 14 and trees will be distributed no later than Oct, 30, officials said. For further information, contact Marilynn Cuonzo, chair, Elkins Tree Board, at 304-636-5900 or mcuonzo@cityofelkinswv.com.

The Elkins Tree Board meets the first Tuesday of each month at 5:30 p.m. in the Darden House, next door to City Hall. The public is welcome to attend.

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