WILMINGTON, NC (WECT) – We lose thousands of trees each year to disease, development and storm events. Trees are important to help improve our air and water quality, lower energy costs and remove carbon dioxide from the air.
Area residents can pick up five tree seedlings from the JC Penny entrance of Independence Mall to take home and plant on their property.
TreeFest will distribute the seedlings Friday and Saturday 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. Organizers are suggesting a $3 donation per household to help ensure the event can return next year.
Available tree species include: Atlantic white cedar, Bald cypress, Black gum, Black walnut, Crabapple, Crape myrtle, Flowering dogwood, Eastern red cedar, Eastern redbud, Live oak, Longleaf pine, Mockernut hickory, Persimmon, River birch, Southern red oak, Wax myrtle, White oak and Willow oak.
The trees need to be kept moist and planted as soon as possible. Organizers said winter is a great time to plant trees in our area.
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