Tree Planting Party!

ReLeaf Duluth! Help restore our canopy one tree at a time!

Monday, August 15, 5:30-8:30. Join tree commissioner and retired forester Jim Lemmerman and help plant trees in the East Hillside neighborhood. No experience needed, all ages welcome. Two grants were received to purchase trees — one from the DNR and the other from the Duluth Superior Area Community Foundation. Meeting spot: the corner of N. 12th Ave. E. and E. Eighth St., across from the old Munger School. For more info, call 269-4712 or email jgibbs @ Photos at Friends of the Parks Facebook page.



about 11 years ago

Cool!  Hey, will they let us plant our own trees on the boulevards?

double barrell darrell

about 11 years ago

Is the goal that eventually you won't be able to see the lake from anywhere except the shoreline?

Judy Gibbs

about 11 years ago

If you want to plant a tree on your boulevard, let me know and i will make sure that Gopher One State Call is made prior to digging, and city staff will make sure you pick the right tree for the right spot and help on species selection, etc. You wouldn't want to plant a big maple under a power line, for example.

Judy Gibbs

about 11 years ago

And there is a new program available. If you want to purchase a tree for $25 from the city, go to and you will see the path to a form to fill out.

We have two "reLeaf" programs happening simultaneously ... one is trees going into Community Development Block Grant zones, and the other is this one where homeowners may buy a tree.

Paul Lundgren

about 11 years ago

I have a clarifying question about the program for homeowners buying a tree. Is this a no-holds-barred kind of thing where homeowners can plant the tree anywhere, or is it targeted to homeowners planting trees on city-owned boulevards in front of their homes?


about 11 years ago

I went to a reLeaf planting party last Monday, and it was a really cool thing. A bunch of folks from the community planted in pouring rain. We had to quit when the lightning got scary, so we only got a few trees in, but it was remarkable how much they transformed the block. One of the volunteers said, "It looks like someone cares now."

I think Darrell is kidding, since there are lots of parts of Duluth where trees would block no one's view of the lake and would make neighborhoods better. 

Trees don't just increase property values (which they do; large trees can raise the value of a house by as much as 10%); they also have a lot of social benefits. Studies show that trees can reduce crime.  Hospital patients get better faster if their window looks out on trees. Trees decrease air pollution and reduce air conditioning and heating costs. 

And trees are good for business. People whose office windows look out on trees report higher job satisfaction. And people shop longer and spend more money in shopping districts that have trees. 

The city deserves kudos for seeking -- and getting -- the money to plant trees. They're the kind of long-term investment Duluth needs.

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