Elkins Tree Board Announces Return of Adopt-A-Tree Program | News, Sports, Jobs


Photo submitted Elkins Tree Board and members of Elkins Friends of Trees prepare tree stock in the town nursery behind Governor Kump’s house for the Adopt-A-Tree program. This annual event offers free trees to residents of the city who request them.

ELKINS – The City of Elkins Tree Board has announced that its popular Adopt-A-Tree program will return this fall to encourage tree planting across the city.

The program provides free saplings to selected homeowners in the city’s five neighborhoods. The application deadline is Friday, October 14.

On “Adoption Day” – scheduled for Saturday, October 22 – contestants will be able to choose their trees from the Elkins Tree Nursery behind Governor Kump’s house in Elkins, a new feature of this year’s program.

“We are very pleased to offer participants the chance to choose their special tree,” Marilynn Cuonzo, chair of the board of directors of Elkins Tree, said. “Our nursery is filled with good-sized, flowering, flowering varieties that need good homes. We particularly encourage families to participate.

Sam Adams, an urban forester with the State Forestry Division, will be on hand Oct. 22 to provide tree planting tips and lead a hands-on pruning workshop beginning at 11 a.m. Linda Burke, silviculturist with the US Forest Service and an ETB member, will also offer her help. This event is free and open to the public. Both activities will take place rain or shine.

Residents of the five wards are encouraged to complete the Adopt-A-Tree program application form. Selected tree owners commit to caring for the tree for at least three years, and board members are available to provide guidance throughout this period. The owner is also responsible for planting the tree within two weeks of receiving it.

Trees should preferably be planted in front of a house or business. The type of tree will vary depending on the location of the site. Preferred location is within the designated area “treed lawn” — the grassy area between the street and the sidewalk. However, the overall goal is to create a green, refreshing canopy for the city wherever trees can be placed, officials said.

The goal of the program is to continue to refresh the streetscape, provide shade for those walking on city sidewalks, and encourage everyone to plant more trees in the city. Not only do trees improve the aesthetics of a neighborhood, they also help reduce water runoff and reduce air conditioning costs and noise pollution. More importantly, trees remove significant amounts of carbon dioxide from the air, reducing the impact of climate change.

Nominations are available online at the Elkins Friends of Trees Facebook page, the City of Elkins website, and at Elkins City Hall, located at 401 Davis Avenue.

For those who cannot attend “Adoption Day” the ETB will deliver the trees to the owners no later than October 30th.

The Gov. Kump House is located on Randolph Avenue across from Kroger. Parking is available behind the property.

The Elkins Tree Council meets the first Tuesday of the month at 5:30 p.m. in the Darden House adjacent to City Hall. The public is invited to attend. However, the next ETB meeting will be on October 11, due to the Mountain State Forest Festival.

The council offers various workshops and volunteer opportunities throughout the year, and those interested are encouraged to visit the Elkins Friends of Trees Facebook page.

For more information, contact Nanci Bross-Fregonara of the Elkins Tree Board at [email protected]



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