Seven hundred free trees have been donated to Galveston Island residents through the Galveston Island Tree Conservancy and Energy-Saving Trees, an Arbor Day Foundation program that helps conserve energy and reduce energy bills through strategic tree planting.
Starting Monday, Galveston Island residents can reserve their free trees at www.arborday.org/galveston or by calling 855-234-3801.
An online tool helps customers estimate the annual energy savings that will result from planting trees in the most strategic location near their homes or businesses. Islanders can reserve up to two trees per residence and are expected to care for and plant them in the location provided by the online tool. The types of trees offered include the following: Red Maples, Tulip Trees and Redbuds.
The program is on a first-come, first-served basis and will continue until all 700 trees are reserved. The 2-to-4 foot tall trees will be delivered directly to customers at an ideal time for planting.
Also, the conservancy will be available to help register island residents from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at Wright Cuney Recreation Center, 718 41st St.; and from 2:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. Monday at the McGuire-Dent Recreation Center, 2222 28th St.