Oklahoma City still has work to do to replace trees damaged or destroyed by a devastating ice storm five years ago. Another giveaway of 1,000 trees will continue a good start.
Oklahoma City and the Tree Bank are working together to give away the 1,000 trees for a sixth time since the 2007 ice storm, which laid waste to much of the area's tree population with a thick and long-lasting coat of ice. The Apache Foundation is funding the program through a grant.
The city has handed out more than 5,000 trees so far through the program, saidcity Parks and Recreation Department spokeswoman Jennifer McClintock.
The trees available are cedar elms, shantung maples, Chinese pistaches and Shumard oaks.
“They're hardy trees that are suited to Oklahoma,” McClintock said.
Several city programs, including the tree giveaway, are intended to help residents add trees to their properties, especially in the aftermath of the ice storm. The city maintains a book on local trees and their planting guidelines, and offers gardening classes at places like Will Rogers Gardens in the summer.