Block Island Times

DEM providing free trees for Rhode Islanders

The Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management submitted the following announcement to The Block Island Times:
The Department of Environmental Management (DEM), in partnership with the RI Tree Council, RI Nursery and Landscape Association, and the Arbor Day Foundation, is providing 1,200 free trees to Rhode Island homeowners this spring. Now in its tenth season, the program helps Rhode Islanders save energy and lower their utility bills by strategically planting trees on their property. The trees will be mailed directly to homeowners, so in-person pickup is not required.
“We’re especially pleased to offer free trees to Rhode Islanders now, when many of us are spending more time in our backyards because of the public health emergency,” said DEM Director Janet Coit. “Planting a tree in the right place can improve air quality, sequester carbon, and help manage stormwater runoff. It’s a terrific way for residents to reduce their energy costs today and in the years to come, and a tangible way to stand up to climate change.”
Planting the right tree in the right place is the key to maximizing the energy-saving benefits that trees provide.

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