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Clearwater to give away free trees to residents on Saturday

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The City of Clearwater will celebrate Arbor Day by giving away 2,100 trees to its residents on Saturday.

The annual tree giveaway event will take place Saturday, April 26 at the Public Service Complex, 1650 N. Arcturas Avenue from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Mayor George Cretekos will be presented with the Tree City USA flag by the Florida Division of Forestry. Following the ceremony, 2,050 trees will be given to Clearwater citizens.

Proof of residency is required and may include a voter's registration card, Florida driver's license, or a recent utility bill. City arborists and a state urban forester will be available to answer questions about properly planting and caring for the trees.

Participants can choose up to two trees in 3-gallon containers. Varieties include Live Oak, Red Maple, Slash Pine, Winged Elm, Persimmon, four colors of Crape Myrtle, Dogwood, Red Cedar, Walter's Viburnum, Bottle Brush, Sweet Gum, Magnolia, and Bald Cypress.

Later in the day, 50 trees will be given to neighborhood groups participating in the day-long Celebrate Neighborhoods Day citywide block party. Each neighborhood group will receive two trees. A drawing will determine the recipient as an incentive to attending the event.

The trees are purchased through the City of Clearwater's Tree Bank Fund which is supported by fines collected from violations of tree protection ordinances.

The City of Clearwater is one of 3,400 communities which participate in the Tree City USA program sponsored by the National Arbor Day Foundation and administered in Florida by the Division of Forestry. Participating communities have demonstrated a commitment to caring for and managing their public trees. To qualify, a city must meet certain criteria which includes establishment of an advisory board, enactment of a municipal tree ordinance, celebration of Arbor Day annually, and maintenance of a community forestry program with an annual budget of at least $2 per capita.

For more information about the City of Clearwater tree giveaway, call Chuck Porthouse at (727) 462-6563, ext. 226.

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