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.”

Samantha Ketterer: 409-683-5241; or on Twitter at @sam_kett



(3) comments

Gary Miller

Not all the species offered are compatable with Galveston conditions.

Mark Aaron

What would you stay away from?

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