The Albany Parks & Recreation Department is taking applications for a new neighborhood tree planting program.
The NeighborWoods program is a nationwide model now being used by the City Tree Commission and Urban Forestry Program to help restore Albany’s tree canopy by planting street trees in neighborhoods and parks with the assistance of residents.
If a neighborhood decides to plant trees along the street, any interested homeowner is eligible to receive a free tree; 150 trees are available this year.
The trees will be 6 to 10 feet tall depending on the species. Each homeowner will be able to select from two or three species of trees.
The trees will be purchased by the city of Albany and donations to the City’s Urban Forestry Program. Homeowners will help plant their trees.
Anyone interested in getting a free tree should complete the Neighborwoods application at www.cityofalbany.net/parks/urban forestry/neighborwoods or call 541-917-7679. Applications are due by July 1.