The Galveston Island Tree Conservancy on Saturday will give away 600 trees for private property owners to plant on the island.
The event will take place from 8 a.m. to noon Saturday, Oct. 28 at Menard Park, 2222 28th St.
People must bring a utility bill or document that confirms the trees will be planted on Galveston Island, conservancy Executive Director Priscilla Files said. Each person can pick up two free 5-gallon shade trees for planting, she said.
The conservancy will give away multiple tree species, including American beautyberry; possumhaw; wax myrtle; oak, including live oak, Monterrey oak, bur oak and overcup oak; pecan; bald and pond cypress; red mulberry; water tupelo; sweet gum; American sycamore; cedar elm and redbud.
The Apache Foundation Tree Grant Program donated 300 of the 600 trees, Files said.
The giveaway has occurred at least once a year since Hurricane Ike in 2008, and the group has planted almost 17,000 through the program, Files said.
The group has a goal to give away 25,000 trees, which should be enough to help bring Galveston’s canopy cover to a healthy level, Files said.
“We need to continue to plant trees in order to increase our shade canopy back to pre-Ike levels,” Files said. “We need everyone to plant.”