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Edmond officials seek people to foster trees

Edmond's Foster-A-Tree program uses volunteers to maintain the city's urban forest for future generations. The deadline to apply is Feb. 15.
by Diana Baldwin Published: February 6, 2013

Urban Forestry officials are looking for people willing to foster a tree after a number of the trees throughout the city died during the ongoing drought.

The city's Foster-A-Tree program started in spring 2010 as a program to maintain Edmond's urban forest for future generations.

“The program is a great way to replace trees that died or were removed as a result of these conditions,” said Ryan Ochsner, urban forestry coordinator.

A limited number of free trees are available to citizens with adequate space in the street right of way adjacent to their property. Leigh Martin, Urban Forestry assistant, said the properties must be located within Edmond city limits and on publicly maintained streets.

“All trees will be planted in the public right of way,” Martin said. “Eligibility for the program depends on the available space for the tree, as well as the resident's commitment to watering the tree for two years and protecting the tree from unnecessary harm.”

The deadline to apply for a tree through the Foster-A-Tree program is Feb. 15. There are 28 trees available.

Participants will receive an irrigation bag to make the watering easier and a Foster-A-Tree Maintenance Guide, which outlines the basic maintenance guidelines expected of the participants.

“By participating and helping to maintain Edmond's tree canopy cover, you can also experience firsthand the services that trees provide,” Martin said. “Trees offer numerous benefits such as reduced energy costs, erosion prevention, beautification, stormwater control and air filtration.

To register, go to

by Diana Baldwin
Sr. Reporter
Diana Baldwin has been an Oklahoma journalist since 1976 and came to The Oklahoman in 1991. She covered the Oklahoma City bombing and covered the downfall of Oklahoma City police forensic chemist Joyce Gilchrist misidentifying evidence. She wrote...
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