The city of Oklahoma City is partnering with the Tree Bank Foundation and Oklahoma State University-Oklahoma City to host the “Great OKC Tree Give-Away.”
Eight hundred free trees will be available to Oklahoma City residents who live in areas affected by the May storms, through online or phone registration beginning Wednesday. The program is funded through a grant from the Houston-based Apache Foundation.
The program is open only to people who live inside the corporate limits of Oklahoma City. Having an Oklahoma City utilities bill is not a sole qualifier.
Registration begins at 9 a.m. Wednesday and will remain open as long as inventory lasts. To register, go to www.okc.gov/releaf and click on the registration link, or call 602-3050.
City officials will verify addresses for eligibility, and send a confirmation postcard in the mail that will be required to claim the tree on distribution day.
Trees available include maple, oak, juniper, redbud, crape myrtle and sycamore. Registrants will not be able to select tree types in advance, and availability will be on a first-come, first-served basis on the day of distribution.
The trees will be distributed Oct. 26 at the OSU-OKC Physical Plant, 900 N Portland Ave. Distribution is only available to those who registered in advance. Residents picking up their trees must bring a photo ID and their registration confirmation card. Trees can be easily carried in a car or light pickup.
“We cannot begin to estimate the number of trees lost during May's severe weather,” said Aubrey Hammontree of the city planning department. “We're grateful for the generosity and hard work of the Apache Foundation and Tree Bank Foundation over the past several years in providing over 6,000 free trees to citizens who are working to re-establish our urban canopy.”
This marks the seventh time the city has partnered with the Tree Bank Foundation for the “Great OKC Tree Give-Away.”
For complete program details or questions, go to www.okc.gov/releaf or call 297-3006.