Tree sale to replace Arbor Day in Woodbury this year
There will be no Arbor Day in Woodbury this year.
But, no worries - the city will still have plenty of new trees for residents to plant.
The city decided not to hold the annual spring event this year because of the difficulty coordinating volunteers to plant as many trees as possible in various parts of Woodbury.
Instead, residents will have the opportunity to buy trees from Public Works and plant them on their own private properties.
Arbor Day started in Woodbury more than two decades ago when there was a need for trees all over the city.
"At the time we had a lot of new parks and needed a lot of trees in the parks," Parks and Recreation Director Bob Klatt said. "So it's been a very good program in the parks to kind of efficiently plant 300 to 400 trees with volunteers."
Over the years, the volunteers would spread out to multiple sites depending on the status of the park system, which made it hard to manage at times.
And now that the parks are almost fully developed, Klatt said it made sense to spread the trees on to private properties.
"That helps to increase the tree canopy in the city," he said, adding, "trees provide a lot of benefit to our atmosphere ... and shade is good."
Tree orders are due by April 12 and residents must pick up the trees between 9-11 a.m. on distribution day Saturday, April 27.
There are five species of trees to pick from: Royal Red Norway maple, Sunburst honey locust, Merrill magnolia, Prariefire Flowering crab and Northern Red oak.
They are about 12 inches in diameter and weigh 35 to 50 lbs.
"The idea is to pick one of those that fits the area where you plan to plant the tree," Klatt said.
The city picked those species because they work well in the Woodbury area and will help increase the diversity of tree canopy in the city, he added.
Woodbury has been holding a tree sale in the fall for about two years and decided to expand it in the spring to replace Arbor Day planting.
"It's been relatively successful; we've been selling a number of trees," Klatt said of the fall event, adding that it results in the sale and planting of about 200 to 300 trees.
"And it really centralizes the trees in one location," he said.
A description of each of the tree species explaining soil condition, height at maturity and appearance can be found at www.ci.woodbury.mn.us/parks-and-trails/forestry/tree-sale.
"I think between the spring and fall, we will be able to achieve at least what we were doing for Arbor Day, if not greater," Klatt said.